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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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Angélique Kidjo Explores the Afrobeat Roots of Celia Cruz

"You don't even understand how big salsa is in Africa," the Beninese star mentions in a new interview about her Celia Cruz tribute album.

There's always been a special musical conversation between West Africa and the Caribbean. This newly-released album sees two legends from opposing of the Atlantic ocean come together for a striking marriage of afrobeat and salsa.

The recently released record follows Beninese diva Angélique Kidjo as she pays tribute to one of her lifelong musical idols, Celia Cruz. The album sees Kidjo expertly stripping down, covering and reinterpreting ten songs from Celia's legendary catalog to showcase the vast array of African influences on the salsa classics.

Below we spoke with Kidjo to learn more about her new tribute record, Celia.

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You Need to Hear This Afro-Cuban Funk Jam From Cimafunk

"Me Voy" is inspired by Nigerian afropop and pilón, a traditional Afro-Cuban carnival rhythm.

Cimafunk is a forward-looking Cuban artist who's crash landed on our radar with "Me Voy."

The singer, composer and producer makes music built on a fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with funk, blues and reggae—musical styles that he says he wishes to reunite because, as Cimafunk mentions, they all have a shared history of slavery and resistance. It's apt that his artist name refers to the Cimarrón people from Panama, enslaved Africans that escaped and lived as outlaws.

Cimafunk is now sharing his latest music video and single for "Me Voy," a jolting dose of energetic guitar riffs and Afro-Cuban percussion. As the artist and his team explain:

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Nigerian Artist Ben Enwonwu's Painting 'Christine' was Recently Auctioned Off in London

The owner of the painting Googled the signature on the artwork and only then realized its enormous value.

The late Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu is considered the "Father of African Modernism". His 1974 painting of the Ife princess, Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, was dubbed the "African Mona Lisa" by veteran Nigerian author Ben Okri. The painting of the the young royal of Ife, an ancient Yoruba city in the south-western region of Nigeria, was discovered last year in a London flat after having disappeared for close to four decades. The artwork was then sold a few weeks later for a record-breaking USD 1.6 million More recently, his 1971 painting entitled "Christine", was auctioned off in London after the family who owed it Googled the signature on the painting and realized its enormous value.

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Watch Solo’s Music Video for ‘Two by Two’

The video shows highlights from Solo's wedding.

This morning, Solo shared the visuals for "Two by Two," the lead single to the South African rapper's latest album C.Plenty.Dreams.

"Two by Two" features BETR Gang member, Solo's long-time collaborator and producer, Buks. "Two by Two" sees the rapper open up about his admiration for his wife and admits he will always seek guidance from his parents.

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