Watch Benjamin Clementine's Soul-Stirring Visuals For 'Condolence'

Watch Ghanaian/British singer Benjamin Clementine's video for "Condolence" featured on his forthcoming EP "Glorious You."

Benjamin Clementine — the Ghanaian/British crooner with a soul-stirring voice that sounds like it belongs to Nina Simone’s lost son — is out with the mesmerizing visuals for “Condolence,” the first track of his forthcoming Glorious You EP. The four-track EP will be Clementine’s first project since signing with Virgin EMI Records this past January. The road to major record label status has not been an easy one for the Edmonton native who left home at 17 and decided to head to Paris on a whim at the age of 20 without knowing anyone or having a place to stay. While in Paris, Clementine honed his craft singing on trains to anyone who would listen (watch him performing his take of Nina Simone's "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" on a Parisian metro) until he caught the attention of French electronica producers Lionel Bensemoun and Matthieu Gazier who released Clementine’s debut EP Cornerstone. During his 5-year stay in the city, the self-taught multi-instrumentalist gathered quite a following acquiring the title “la revelation anglaise des Fancos” (“the English revelation of the Francofolies Festival”), but returned to the UK in 2013 to make his TV debut on BBC2’s Later With Jools Holland. Check out the chilling performance of “Nemesis” that he gave on the show.

Riding high after a year of selling out shows and supporting such acts as Cat PowerWoodkid, and Tune-Yards, Clementine is prepping the release of his next project by giving us the first visual taste off his Glorious You EP. The Zack Spiger-directed video for “Condolence” follows Clementine as he journeys bare-foot through the dry, desolate planes of Ireland's west coast. The singer's past struggles and resilient spirit are captured in a black-and-white video that shows the deep-voiced crooner overcoming obstacle after obstacle that stands in the way of him and his destination. Clementine’s unapologetically raw, unrefined voice swells over a pacing piano and howling background vocals as he sings in poetic proses of sending his condolences to fear & insecurities in order to live his life freely and courageously.

Watch Benjamin Clementine's "Condolence" video below and grab his Glorious You EP out August 25 and available for pre-order on iTunes. If you're in Europe check out his tour dates below.

07 Aug - DE, Haldern, Haldern Pop Festival

29 Aug - UK, Larmer Tree Gardens, End Of The Road Festival

31 Aug - NOR, Oslo, Picnic In The Park

06 Sep - NL, Vlieland, Into The Great Wide Open

16 Oct - HUN, Budapest, Cafe Budapest

29 Oct - UK, London, Emmanuel Centre

28 Nov - DE, Heidelberg, Karlstorbahnhof

29 Nov - DE, Cologne, Statdgarten

07 Dec - NL, Rotterdam, Lanteren Venster

08 Dec - NL, Amsterdam, Paradiso

09 Dec - NL, Nijmegen, Doornroosje

Simi in "Selense" (Youtube)

Watch Simi's Beautiful Music Video For 'Selense'

Premiere: Simi shares the upbeat new video for "Selense," a song about time which draws inspiration from classic highlife.

Nigeria's Simi comes through with the new music video for her recent single, "Selense."

The song, which sees her sing about using your time and years on this earth preciously, gets a beautiful new video that follows Simi's verses about different characters who may or may not be spending their hours in the best way.

The upbeat new music video, which was directed by Adasa Cookey, is getting premiered here on OkayAfrica today.

"'Selense' is a song about time," Simi tells OkayAfrica. "The song draws inspiration from classic African highlife. A timeless classic that is perfect for all seasons."

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Teni in "Billionaire" (Youtube)

Watch Teni's New Music Video For 'Billionaire'

Teni competes in "Who Wants to be a Billionaire?" in this new TG Omori-directed video.

Nigeria's Teni comes through with the new music video for "Billionaire," the title track from her recently-released Billionaire EP.

The monetarily-aspirational single, which produced by Pheelz, gets a feel-good music video that follows Teni as she sings from a cover of Forbes magazine and competes on a "Who Wants to Be A Billionaire?" TV show spoof. After phoning in a friend, she eventually wins a billion dollars by answering the question 'What do you call a group of tigers?' Hint: it's an ambush.

The music video features Frank Edoho, the former host of the now defunct Nigerian version of the trivia game show. While viral comic Broda Shaggi plays Teni's friend.

Read: Teni is the Breakout Star of 2018

Teni's new music video for "Billionaire" is directed by TG Omori, who we recently profiled as the director breathing new life into Nigerian videos. His work can also be seen in music videos like Naira Marley's "Am I A Yahoo Boy" and "Soapy," Olamide & Wizkid's "Oil & Gas" and Tekno & Zlatan's "Agege," which earned him a call into police questioning.

Watch Teni's new music video for "Billionaire" below.

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Still from Burna Boy's Tiny Desk concert video via NPR.

Watch Burna Boy's Mellowed-Out 'Tiny Desk' Concert

Watch the 'African Giant' run through some of his hits like 'Gbona,' 'Ye' and more for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Burna Boy is the latest artist to grace NPR's famous Tiny Desk.

The Nigerian "afrofusion" star took to the set for a mellowed out performance of four of his biggest tracks. Getting straight to business, the artist opened his set with a toned down rendition of his single "Gbona" before heading into the socially-aware "Wetin Man Go Do." It's much calmer of a performance than we're used to seeing from the artist.

Next he performs a funky version of "Dangote," before rounding his set out with his magnum opus of sorts "Ye." He's backed by the band The Outsiders and vocalist Christina Matovu throughout.

Burna Boy has had a stellar year, releasing his seminal album African Giant, performing at Coachella and winning several awards—including 'Best African Act' at the BET Awards—in the process.

Check out his full Tiny Desk performance below, and revisit a recent Tiny Desk performance from British-Nigerian rapper Dave from last week and check out Burna Boy's okay acoustics performance of 'Anybody' from August.

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Wizkid, Anatii Win Big at BET Soul Train Awards Alongside Beyoncé

The Nigerian and South African artists, respectively, won soul train awards for their contributions to 'Brown Skin Girl."

Nigeria's Wizkid and South Africa's Anatii both earned BET Soul Train Awards last night for their contributions to Beyoncé's hit song "Brown Skin Girl."

The song, which is an ode to dark-skinned women, was one of the standout tracks from Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift. It earned the "Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award" last night during the awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Wizkid is featured on the track and has a writing credit, while Anatii is credited as a composer along with Michael Uzowuru, and others.

The song was also nominated in the "Best Collaboration Performance" category.

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