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Here's Some Explosive Afro-Cuban Hip-Hop From La Dame Blanche

We premiere the Cuban artist's booming new single "No Da Para Na."

Cuban singer, flautist, and percussionist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez, better known as La Dame Blanche, pens striking songs that mix cumbia, hip-hop, dancehall, and reggae into a sonic blend you can't ignore.

Yaite grew up in a respected musical household in Cuba. Her father, Jesus "Aguaje" Ramos, is a trombonist who serves as the artistic director of the well-known Buena Vista Social Club and plays with the Afro-Cuban All Stars.

La Dame Blanche is now readying the release of her third album, Bajo El Mismo Cielo, due May 25 from Nacional Records. She's sharing the premiere of her latest single, "No Da Para Na," with us here today.

"No Da Para Na" is a booming track about Yaite's surroundings and environment growing up in Marina Pinar del Río, "where a nest of characters inhabited, nourished, and influenced her life," her label explains.


"A short street adorned by defective houses in which people lived out of the ordinary... Crazies, lawyers, musicians, doctors, players, criminals, gossipers, spiritualists ... A place with a heart and its own identity, where they developed their own language with phrases locals like "Este cuerpo no da para na" (This body does not give no more') or "tengo la muerte encima declara" (I have death declared) or "ese sillón está roto" (That chair is broken) (translation: That person is completely drunk). A place where you simply have to have patience and be open in spirit to understand this daily scenario so out of context."

"Cansada pero no vencida… Sentirse cansada no es una acto de debilidad, es la pausa para continuar," La Dame Blanche writes to OkayAfrica about the song, which tranlates to "Tired but not beaten ... Feeling tired is not an act of weakness, it's the pause before continuing."

Listen to La Dame Blanche's "No Da Para Na" below.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Simi, Stonebwoy, Riky Rick, Olamide, Wizkid, La Même Gang 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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Cyclone Kenneth Could Be the Second Damaging Storm To Hit Mozambique In Over a Month

Tanzanian authorities have also warned those living along the southern coast to move to safer ground ahead of the storm.

Just shortly after Mozambique was ravaged with the devastating Cyclone Idai in March, the country has been warned of another destructive storm that's heading their way very soon.

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Stonebwoy & Beenie Man's 'Shuga' Is a Full Dose of Energy

Ghana meets Jamaica in this impressive new collaboration.

Stonebwoy, one of Ghana's major dancehall names, links up with Jamaican legend Beenie Man for this new single, "Shuga."

"Shuga" is built on stuttering synth hits and beat work produced by Ghana's StreetBeatz. Stonebwoy and the "King of Dancehall" connect over the energetic rhythm, each delivering their own verses—add one more track to the many stellar cross-Atlantic musical collaborations that have been going on for years, in particular between West Africa and Jamaica.

"This collab is legendary," Stonebwoy wrote on his social media pages.

The single comes paired with a new music video directed by BlingBlang which follows the Ghanaian star and Beenie Man to a railroad station as they turn a train car into a dancehall party. Beenie Man even plays the conductor for a few shots.

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