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Here's An Afro-Caribbean Jam From Bush Tea

The Virigin Islands rapper shares her latest blend of 808s and unapologetic rhymes.

Bush Tea is a rapper coming out of the Virgin Islands who's creating some noteworthy tracks influenced by her Caribbean background and strong female stance.

Her sound blends stomping 808s with unapologetic rhymes and swagger you'll hear in this new single, "Fresh," which we're premiering here today.

"Fresh" is an addictive track that sees Bush Tea rapping about how on-point she is over steel pans and dancehall-meets-hip-hop beats. Basically, it's wavy island music—and we're here for it.


"I didn't want anyone telling me how to be sexy or what to say. I wanted to be sexy sometimes, tomboyish sometimes, conservative and abstract sometimes," Bush Tea tells OkayAfrica about the song. "And I'm so so happy to say that is exactly what I did, without anyone policing me. I was able to be open about the vastness of what we all are."

Get into "Fresh" below.

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Prominent Somali Activist Almaas Elman Shot and Killed In Mogadhisu

The organizer and sister of Nobel Peace Prize-nominated activist Ilwad Elman, was shot dead while riding in a car on Wednesday.

Almaas Elman, a prominent Somali rights activist and organizer was killed today in Mogadishu. She died after being hit by a bullet while riding inside of a car in the Halane compound, reports the Somali news site Hiiraan.

Though details surrounding her death remain uncertain, according to security on the ground Elman "was riding in a car along a road inside the airport," Mohamed Omar, a Somali security official told News 24. "A stray bullet hit her, and she died within a few minutes." The complex is also the headquarters of African Union soldiers.

She was believed to been heading to the airport after attending a meeting at the Elman Peace Centre, which was founded by her father, the respected Somali activist Elman Ali Ahmed, who was assasinated in Mogadishu in 1996.

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Michael Brun's Zouk & Konpa Starter Kit Playlist Is a Must-Listen

Michael Brun picks a fire selection of new and classic tracks from Haiti, Guadeloupe and the Caribbean exclusively for OkayAfrica.

Michael Brun is on a mission to push a contemporary Haitian sound forward through his music, while waving its iconic flag proudly.

That can't happen without knowing one's music history. The Haitian-born artist touched base with OkayAfrica to give us an introduction to the zouk and konpa tracks that laid the foundation of the fresh sounds coming from that genre out of Haiti, Guadeloupe and across the Caribbean.

Brun also dropped a funky, new single featuring Brooklyn-based Nigerian artist Kah-Lo: "Spice." You can take a listen here.

Dig into our latest Artist Playlist—Michael Brun's Afro-Caribbean: Zouk & Konpa Starter Kit—on our Spotify and Apple Music channels below.

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The 11 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Kwesta x Rich Homie Quan, Simi, Teni, Khuli Chana, Mr Eazi x Tyga and more

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Burna Boy, Angelique Kidjo, Trevor Noah & More Earn 2020 Grammy Nominations

Wizkid, Shatta Wale and more were nominated for their work on Beyoncé's 'Lion King: The Gift' while Mr Eazi earned a nod for his contribution to Bad Bunny and J Balvin's 'Oasis.'

The 2020 Grammy nominations have just been announced, and it looks to be a standout year for African artist.

Burna Boy has earned his first-ever nomination in the (albeit dubious) 'Best World Music' category for his celebrated album African Giant. Speaking with Grammy.com about the vision for the album back in August, the artist said: My vision is just to...shine a light on a place and on people and a situation and everything that there hasn't been a light on for a long time."

In that same category is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo for her album Celia, which pays homage to the late Afro-Cuban legend Celia Cruz. Burna and Kidjo worked together on the track "Different" from African Giant.

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