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Okayafrica's Top 12 Music Videos of 2012

We round up 2012's top African music videos featuring selections from Mirel Wagner, The Very Best, Petite Noir, and more!


In the last year, there were some great African music videos. 2012 saw no shortage of captivating and inventive visuals to accompany releases from this year's rising newcomers and returning established acts. With our 12 Top African Music Videos of 2012 list we highlight our choice picks from a fruitful year featuring selections from Mirel Wagner, The Very Best, Solange, Sinkane and more. Click through to see them all, listed in no particular order.

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1. LV x Okmalumkoolkat "Sebenza." Directed by Chris Saunders.

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Interview: Bumi Thomas Was Given 14 Days to Leave the UK

We speak with the British-based singer-songwriter about her fight against a "hostile environment policy" and the release of her latest EP, Broken Silence.

There's a lot of vulnerability and soul packed into Bumi Thomas' latest EP. Given the surrounding context of a legal battle, Broken Silence was released, in Bumi's words, "at a time when microcosms of institutionalised racism have garnered so much momentum highlighting the domino effect of systems of oppression that have led to this powerful, global resurgence of the Black lives matter movement."

The inspiration behind this EP came at a time when Bumi faced a legal battle to stay in the UK, after receiving a letter from the UK Home Office to leave the country within 14 days. Understandably causing huge stress, this case turned from an isolated incident to national news, with 25,000 people signing her petition and raising money via crowdfunding for legal fees.

We spoke with the British-based singer about all of this below.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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