Audio

Weekend Burners: Best Tracks of the Week

Download and stream the best African music tracks dropped this week in our Weekend Burners roundup.


Sindiso Nyoni's "The Boxer."

In Weekend Burners we highlight our choices of the best music content that came across our desks throughout the week. Get ‘em below straight from the Okayafrica bunker:

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Just A Band ‘Dunia Ina Mambo’ ft. Octopizzo and Stan

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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #47: DJ NUNAS

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Spoek Mathambo’s ‘Escape From ’85′ Mixtape + Video Game

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Pierre Kwenders "Let It Play (Eyembami after Poncho French)"

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Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Rodriguez & More At Glastonbury 2013

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R2bees x Wizkid "Slow Down"

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Jumping Back Slash x Whitney Houston "It's Not Right But It's Okay (JBS Khawulezayo Rework)"

Interview

Interview: Mau From Nowhere Reinvents Himself

The Kenyan artist goes soul-searching with his new MFN EP.

Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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