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Chadian Producer Afrotronix Wants to Redefine Afrobeat In His New Album

On his latest release Nomadix, the forward-thinking producer Afrotronix flaunts the different production styles he's acquired over the years.

DIASPORA—On his latest release Nomadix, the forward-thinking producer Afrotronix flaunts the different production styles he's acquired over the years. The Chadian-born, Montreal-based artist has a lot of influences that bleed through on his new album.


“This album is a good reflection of who I am,” says Afrotronix in an e-mail to OkayAfrica. “I sing in Sara, the language from my country Chad. I mix mandingo music from west Africa with Tuareg blues from the Sahara and present it in an electronic futurist package.”

Dubstep, house, reggae and EDM, are fused with Mbalakh rumba and sai on Nomadix, making the album a virtual journey around some parts of the world.

“I want to redefine the meaning of Afrobeat. I want to present a new Africa,” says the artist. All nine tracks on the album are different from each other. The vocals, which are sometimes digitally enhanced with effects on some songs, make it uniquely Chadian. You also won’t get enough of those guitar solos that are prevalent throughout the album. 🔥

Listen to Nomadix below and revisit our 2016 interview with Afrotronix here.

 

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Exclusive: This 2019 Documentary Takes You Inside Amapiano, South Africa's Popular House Music Subgenre

A new documentary titled 'SHAYA!' unpacks the popular Amapiano subgenre.

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SHAYA!, a 26-minute documentary which we are premiering here, unpacks amapiano's origins and profiles some of the subgenre's key players such as Kabza De Small, JazziDisciples, MFR Souls, Mark Khoza and others.

Amapiano, also affectionately called "the yanos", is the new craze in the streets of South Africa. The house music subgenre started in the townships of Gauteng cities Pretoria and Johannesburg. It's now one of the most popular genres in the country. Even major artists like Samthing Soweto, DJ Maphorisa, Cassper Nyovest and DJ Tira, among others, have jumped on the bandwagon and released amapiano songs and even whole projects.

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Zlatan Drops New Song and Video 'Yeye Boyfriend'

Zlatan really wants you to get rid of your useless boyfriend.

Nigerian artist Zlatan drops a new single ahead of the release of his upcoming debut album Zanku: The Album.

On "Yeye Boyfriend" the popular "Zanku (Leg Work)" singer reasons for breaking up with time-wasting boyfriends (yeye is a humorous Yoruba term often used to describe someone as "useless" or "senseless"). The song is a change of pace for the artist, as it features him singing lightheartedly rather than delivering the grittier rap sound he's known for.

The comedic video sees the artist playing the role of a therapist to several failing couples. He calls his practice "Yeye Family Therapy." The video was shot by Visionary Pictures.

The artist also recently announced that he'll be linking up with Burna Boy soon for another collaboration called "Gbeku," which is the name of another dance the artist is popularizing. Judging by the undeniable critical and commercial success of "Killin' Dem," it's sure to be a memorable one.

The artist has featured on several tracks throughout the year, including "Shotan" with Tiwa Savage, and "Bum Bum" with Davido. Zanku: The Album is set to drop on November 1 and is now available for pre-order.

Watch the music video for "Yeye Boyfriend" below.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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