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Ngoni Master Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba's Celebratory 'Siran Fen' Video

Watch the music video for "Siran Fen," the lead single off ngoni master Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba's forthcoming 'Ba Power' LP.

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Last week, Malian ngoni master Bassekou Kouyaté & his band Ngoni Ba shared the stream of "Siran Fen" alongside a teaser for their forthcoming album Ba Power. Now, the band releases the music video for "Siran Fen." Starting with a black-and-white overhead shot of a motorcycle-filled square, the John Bosch-directed visuals quickly turn to color as they show Kouyaté and his bandmates performing the ngoni-spiked track amidst a crowd of dancing people. Like the Ba Power album teaser, the "Siran Fen" music video feels somewhat like a mini-documentary. With its close shots of vocalist Amy Sacko warmly singing and crowd members circling around her, the video welcomes viewers into the ensuing festivities, encouraging their participation in the unfolding celebration. Ba Power will be released in CD/LP/Digital formats on April 27 via Glitterbeat Records. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba will have an album launch show for Ba Power on May 31 at London’s Scala. The band will also perform at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on May 3 and the Wychwood Festival on May 30. Additional Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba performance dates can be found on Bassekou Kouyaté's Facebook page. Watch the music video for “Siran Fen” below.


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''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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