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Bas Announces New Album, Talks African Influences In His Music & More on Beats 1 Radio

In an interview on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio, the artist reveals a new project dropping in September and discusses what he learned on a recent trip to Lagos with J.Cole.

Rapper and Dreamville signee Bas, just released his latest project Spilled Milk 1 last week, but he already has another project up his sleeves.

The artist took to Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio on Monday to speak with host Nadeska to talk about his latest album which features fellow Dreamville artists Ari Lennox, EARTHGANG, Nigerian artist Kiddominant and more. He also revealed that he'll be dropping another full length album next month.

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The Paris-born, New York-raised rapper of Sudanese heritage also spoke about his 2018 trip to Nigeria with J. Cole, which was the inspiration for his song "Jollof Rice," and a way of paying homage to the continent and the culture (there's also a song on the project called "Fried Rice.")

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OkayAfrica spoke with the artist about his trip to Lagos last year, and he described an eye-opening performance: "The songs didn't have J. Cole featured on them but while performing, thousands of Lagos people were rapping with me word for word and I was like, what the hell is going on here," said Bas. "I was unaware, I didn't know my music was known that much. I was very surprised with all the love and support I was getting from people. It was very inspiring to show that there is so much room to make music because there is so much culture and energy there."

The artist also discusses working with fellow rappers Vince Staples, Smino and more. You can listen to Bas' full interview on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio below.

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Zimbabwe Approves Law Which Will Criminalise Anti-Government Protests

Zimbabwe's recent amendment to the existing Criminal Law (Codification Reform) Act will make make both anti-government protests and international political collaborations of any kind punishable under the new law.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa continues to draw criticism with regards to his governance despite rising concerns about the country. According to The Street Journal, President Mnangagwa has recently approved the proposal of a law which will make public protests illegal. This follows international concern about Zimbabwe's continued human rights violations since the questionable arrest of demonstrators in July this year. The iron-fist ruling of the Zanu-PF led government has driven this deliberate move to stifle international relations.

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Wizkid Releases Highly-Anticipated 'Made in Lagos' Album

Wizkid has released his 'Made in Lagos' album which he has duly dedicated to Nigerians fighting against police brutality in the ongoing #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian music superstar Wizkid has finally released his highly-anticipated album Made in Lagos. The album was originally meant to be released two weeks ago but was deliberately delayed to honour the ongoing #EndSARS protests. Like several Nigerian artists, Wizkid has been participating in the #EndSARS protests and has gone on to dedicate Made in Lagos to the collective call for an end to police brutality in his home country. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri. Wizkid announced the good news last night on Twitter.

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The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (October)

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Here are the Nigerian tracks we had on repeat in the month of October.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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