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Ami Faku's 'Ubuhle Bakho' Certified Platinum

Ami Faku continues to reach new heights with her debut album 'Imali'.

Ami Faku recently rocked social media with news that "Ubuhle Bakho" has reached platinum status. The star tweeted a glowing image of herself with the framed platinum disc and a caption thanking her followers. "Ubuhle Bakho" is originally dedicated to good men, a positive message in a time when gender-based violence is on the rise during the lockdown. The single raked over one million views on Youtube and also saw a popular jazz remake. This is another milestone in a string of accolades for Imali after it bagged three SAMAs earlier in the year.


Watch: Ami Faku Evokes Visceral Emotions in New Music Video for 'Imali'

The latest news comes on the heels of the recent release of the visceral "Imali" music video featuring Blaq Diamond. Faku's defiant stance visually captures the hardships faced by everyday people in South Africa, particularly by Black people, as the economic landscape favours rich white South Africans.

Faku has made, and continues to make, strong social commentary on the barriers to breaking out in the music industry and so the platinum status of "Ubuhle Bakho" is a welcomed celebration. Living while Black and catching a break is a theme she continuously revisits in her songs, and which also explains her own down to earth demeanour.

Taking to Twitter, she thanked her 70 000 followers and received sweeping emotional responses as a result.

The gold-certified songstress has undeniably gone from success to success since Imali was released. She has dominated international streaming charts and scored the top spot on Deezer as the most streamed South African woman artist. Her upcoming music video with Amanda Black for "Khumbula" is reportedly set to be released at the end of this week.

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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.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

We talk to the Lagos-based digital artist about his work with Olamide, Phyno, Falz and more.

Duro Arts has found himself illustrating the cover artwork for a new wave of Nigerian musicians. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Oluwadurotimi Bolaji Idowu started digital art in 2010, at a time where afrobeats music was still grasping its feet. Now, 11 years later, he has made covers for heavyweight hitmakers like Peruzzi, Phyno, Olamide, Zlatan, Oxlade, and Davido.

We caught up with Duro Arts on a Sunday afternoon over Zoom. He took the call from Accra, Ghana, where he's currently working. We talked about his journey as a digital artist, his portfolio, creative process, and the changes he'd like to see in the creative industry.

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