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Watch Alsarah & The Nubatones' Cairo-Shot Video For 'Habibi Taal'

Watch East African retro pop group Alsarah & The Nubatones Cairo-shot video for "Habibi Taal."


"Habibi Taal" is the lead track off East African retro pop group Alsarah & The Nubatones' nostalgic Silt, an album crafted out of the influences of 1960s & 70s Nubian music. The Egypt-shot video for the track follows the band's Sudanese frontwoman Alsarah around Cairo as she digs for records, performs in living rooms & concert halls, and immerses herself in the city. "This is a traditional song from central Sudan that is a part of the women's musical tradition, Aghani Albanat, performed at weddings and other social gatherings," Alsarah explains. "Traditionally these songs are written and performed by women and are one of the few spaces that allow women to publicly express their feelings towards a romantic interest. And so, they have a tendency to be very simple flirty love songs with the sole purpose of making you dance." Watch the video for "Habibi Taal" below and look out for Silt Remixed — which includes reworks from Captain Planet, Boddhi Satva and Djeff  —due Oct 21 from Wonderwheel Recordings.

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A blend of electronic sounds and '70s West African disco.

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They just dropped their latest single, "Wanna Come Down," which the band describes as an "infectious jam from the album that mixes disco, '80s electro with English and Ibibio language lyrics." Doko Mien, the title of the group's new album. means "tell me" in Ibibio.

"Music is a universal language, but spoken language can help you think about what makes you emotional, what makes you feel certain feelings, what you want to see in the world," mentions Eno Williams.

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The fatal accident took place on the Kintampo-Techiman highway in Kintampo—an area just under 300 miles north of Accra—after which one of the buses caught on fire.

The devastating accident has left several others with serious injuries. "Most of the passengers in both vehicles died at the spot. A number of them with varying degrees of injuries have been rushed to hospital," a police spokesperson told BBC Africa.

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