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Alsarah and the Nubatones Destroy this Tiny Desk Concert

Alsarah and the Nubatones bring their East African retro-pop to NPR and create something magical in the process.

Alsarah and the Nubatones are one of our favorite groups here at Okayafrica. Their blend of retro East African sounds, live instrumentations and cool attitude are unlike any other group out there. No surprise then that their appearance on NPR's Tiny Desk video series is one of the best in recent memory.


Check out the video below then read Alsarah's Ten Things I Love About Sudan—#10 is Nuba Wrestling—and hear Alsarah discuss identity and art as part of our roundtable of new school Sudanese artists alongside Sinkane, Oddissee and Mo Kheir.

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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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Sho Madjozi Drops New Upbeat Mixtape 'What A Life'

Sho Madjozi drops her latest mixtape 'What A Life' featuring Manu WorldStar, Dr Thomas Chauke, Makhadzi and many more.