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Watch Ayo's Beautiful Love Letter to "African Paris" in 'Paname'

Ayo shares the music video for "Paname," a beautiful and striking dedication to the "African and Jamaican" Paris she lived in for 10 years.

Nigerian-rooted, German singer Ayo is readying the release of her eponymous fifth studio album this year.

Today, the songwriter is sharing the love song and music video for "Paname," a beautiful and striking dedication to the "African and Jamaican" Paris she lived in for 10 years.

The song's titled after the gypsy name for Paris (Paname), an influence from Ayo's Romani gypsy mother.

"I got my musical wings in Paris," says Ayo. "It was the first time I could sit down with my guitar and people would be quiet and really listen to me. It was the beginning for everything."

 

"It's about my Paris—not the Champs-Élysées part that is very rich. My Paris is when you know what it's like to jump the fence at the Metro. My Paris is rich in African and Jamaican culture. My favorite part, musically, is the accordion sound I played on it."

Watch Ayo's music video for "Paname," which we're premiering here today, above.

Pre-orders for her upcoming album, Ayo, are available September 7. 

 

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Here's What Africa's Most Cherished Board Game Is Called Across the Continent and Diaspora

We all remember the game, but it goes by many names in Africa and the diaspora. Here's a sample of them.

Picture it. The wooden board with six pits on each side. The four round seeds that sit in each gourd. The satisfying sound the seeds make when you drop them in each pit, one by one. And of course the sweet accomplishment of getting to pick up seeds from your opponent's side on the other half of the board.

You know that game.

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Best Music of the Week: Ibeyi, Patoranking, Shatta Wale, Olamide & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

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.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Ibeyi "Deathless"

French-Cuban twins Ibeyi have been one of our favorite acts out for a few years now. The pair return with "Deathless," alongside Kamasi Washington, and the announcement of their new album.

Juls "My Wave"

London-based Ghanaian Juls links up with Odunsi The Engine and Sona for this alluring, half-animated music video for "My Wave." We're totally here for it.

Ayo "Paname"

Nigerian-rooted, German singer Ayo shares a beautiful love letter to "African and Jamaican Paris" in her new music video for "Paname."

Mvroe & Joseph Kiwango "Freaky"

Kenya's Mvroe and Tanzania's Joseph Kiwango drop "Freaky," a perfect summer tune about that special lady. The track also features input from East African Wave's Hiribae and Ukweli.

The HeavyTrackerz x JME x Donae'o x P Money

Grime production duo The HeavyTrackerz recruit an all-star cast of JME, Donae'o and P Money for the anthemic "Control."

Patoranking x Diamond Platnumz

Two heavyweights collide in the new music video for Patoranking and Diamond Platnumz' addictive collaboration, "Love You Die."

Shatta Wale x Mr Eazi

Here's another top-tier collaboration, this time from Ghana's Shatta Wale and man-of-the-moment Mr Eazi. Hear them calling out all haters above.

Korede Bello x Lil Kesh

Korede Bello taps Lil Kesh for this dance floor jam, "My People," off his Belloved album.

Olamide "Update!"

Olamide quickly follows up the huge success of "Wo!" with his latest, Young John-produced single, "Update!" He might have another smash tune on his hands.

Kobi Onyame Gold 

UK-based Ghanaian rapper Kobi Onyame blends highlife influences with hip-hop in his new 11-track album, Gold. Stream it above and grab it everywhere here.

Stonebwoy x Kojo Funds

Ghana's Stonebwoy connects with Kojo Funds for this dancehall jam, "Falling Again."

Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

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Shirazee. Photo: Tiara Marei. Courtesy of the artist.

Get Into Shirazee & Saint Jhn's Highly-Addictive 'Juju'

The new music video follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans.

Shirazee is back with his latest single "Juju."

The new song sees the Benin-born singer-songwriter linking up with none-other-than Saint Jhn for a highly-addictive tune built on afro-fusion beat work. The striking new music video for "Juju," which was directed by Tiara Marei, follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans, Louisiana.

"This one is special to me 'cause the song was recorded at a time I needed to break a love-spell that I felt was put on me by a serious crush of mine [laughs]," Shirazee tells OkayAfrica. "Shooting this video in New Orleans, a city with historical ties to my Benin, was such a privilege and does so much justice to the song and theme.

"[I'm] looking forward to releasing new music this year and the first of two EPs called LOST is on the way and it's exciting," he adds.

For more on him, revisit our interview with Shirazee on his journey, taking risks and going independent. As you remember, Saint Jhn featured on Beyoncé and Wizkid's "Brown Skin Girl," one of our favorite songs last year.

Get into Shirazee and Saint Jhn's "Juju" below.

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'Namaste Wahala' Is the Nollywood Meets Bollywood Crossover We've All Been Waiting For

The Nigerian-Indian wedding romcom of our dreams is coming our way this April!

It's no secret that Nigerians and Indians have one major thing in common: over the top weddings. The two cultures are basically neck-in-neck when it comes to beautiful, extravagant (emphasis on the 'extra') weddings, which is why many of us have often fantasized about attending a joint Nigerian-Indian wedding. The good news is that an upcoming romantic comedy, starring some of Nollywood and Bollywood's best, is here to indulge us.

Namaste Wahala is the film debut of Indian businesswoman turned filmmaker Hamisha Daryani Ahuja. She released the first poster for the movie on Tuesday, showing a young couple in elaborate wedding regalia, and it's been met with humor and excitement from people online.

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