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Premiere: Afro B's Music Video for His Smash Hit 'Drogba (Joanna)' Is Here

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Afro B has finally blessed us with the visuals for his banger (and arguably song of the year), "Drogba (Joanna)," produced by Team Salut.

We're not even that mad we had to wait so patiently for this, since the proud Ivorian was able to drum up incredible momentum for his track through the #DrogbaChallenge, where a crop of videos showing very talented afroebeats dancers grooving to the song spread across social media like wildfire.

The video, shot in multiple locations including New York and Paris, features the artist and a bevy of afrobeats dancers vibing and hitting the shaku, the akwaaba and more as they move along to the songs infectious chorus. The video also highlights some of the viral Drogba Challenge videos from social media, and includes clips of none other than Didier Drogba himself. The rich and vibrant visual was produced by Bruce and directed by Xavier Damase.

Watch it in full below.

Born Ross Bayeto, Afro B was born in South London's Charlton and grew up in Greenwich. He attributes his progressive sound to picking up the keys in his church as a kid, as well as his eclectic music taste he had growing up—which include loving gospel, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, 2Pac and Biggie.

He also was a top DJ before pivoting to music and notes that he had to prove people wrong that this transition was right for him by making top-notch tunes.

While touching base with Afro B during his recent trip to New York, the artist gave us the scoop on how he was able to get Wizkid on the remix for "Drogba." Listen to the track here.

"I was kind of tactical with it," he says. "Wizkid had his AfroRepublik concert at O2 Arena and I performed there when Mr Eazi brought me out—people went crazy. Skales brought me out at One Africa Fest and I realized that Wizkid was in the crowd watching the performance. After the performance, I was receiving videos of Wizkid dancing to my song. Then I thought, 'How can I hit him up indirectly?' So I took to Twitter, mentioned his handle and talked about how when you hear 'Soco, you automatically turn into shaku mode. And he quote tweeted saying, 'Send me the tune—let me fuck it up.' Obviously I sent him the tune within seconds and got his vocals shortly after."

We can anticipate more from the Afrowave pioneer this year. He's set to release an EP soon along with more visuals, produce his own show at the end of the year, as well as a world tour in 2019. "I'm looking to do more international collaborations too," he adds.

Ultimately, he wants to be that positive ray of light in the industry. "I want people to continue to know that it's cool to be African," he concludes. "I want to keep shining the good light on Africa and motivate young people to chase their dreams if they put their minds to it."

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.

Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.

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