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Beyoncé Channeled The Yoruba Deities Oshun And Yemoja For Her Pregnancy Shoot

Beyoncé referenced Yoruba goddesses Oshun and Yemoja in her recent maternity shoot.

I'm still not over Beyoncé's maternity photoshoot and I probably never will be, so deal.


The singer made waves earlier this week with the news of her pregnancy, and shared photos from her otherworldly maternity shoot, shot by Ethiopian conceptual artist Awol Erizku.

Many of the photos featured Bey as a Black Venus, donning long tresses and positioned gracefully before ornate floral backgrounds.

Some of the other images, showed the singer floating underwater while draped in bright yellow garments. Many have noticed that the images contain references to Oshun, the Yoruba orisha of love and fertility.

This isn't the first time that Beyoncé has referenced Yoruba spirituality in her work. Lemonade was packed with references to Afro-diasporic religion. The music video for "Hold Up" featured the singer in a flowing yellow gown reminiscent of the garments commonly associated with the deity. She also made references to the Igbo landing in the video for "Love Drought"

The Warsan Shire poem that Beyoncé posted on her website along with the photos also makes specific mention of both Oshun and the Yoruba water deity Yemoja.

With their striking visual beauty and underlying cultural significance, these photos have given me life all over again.

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The Gorillaz Enlist Fatoumata Diawara for New Track 'Désolé

A stunning collaboration that we didn't even know we needed.

The Gorillaz enlist none other than Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for their latest single "Désolé," the second single from the hit-making British band's Song Machine installation project.

"Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know," the band's drummer Russel Hobbs is quoted as saying in a statement via Pitchfork. Désole translates to "sorry" in French, but despite it's apologetic title, the song is a laid-back groove, elevated by vocals from lead singer Damon Albarn and Diawara, who sings in English, French and Bambara.

"She's an African Queen," Russel adds. "This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that's not true.... Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips."

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Zlatan Reflects on 'Life' on Heartfelt New Track

Watch the music video for the Nigerian artist's latest.

Nigerian artist Zlatan gets pensive on his latest track "Life."

The song is a departure from the Zanku (Leg Work) singer's usual dance-worthy style. Instead, the slow-paced anthem sees him reflecting on his rise, and making it as an artist against all odds. "My life changed in one day," sings the artist on the hook.

The video, directed by Hassan Al Raae, features a different setting for the artist as well, as the artist appears at a skiing resort surrounded by snow, which provides a crisp backdrop for the track's hopeful message.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Tanasha, Sauti Sol, Rayvanny, Sheebah, Victoria Kimani and more.

February has been dominated by familiar voices in East African music.

Here are our picks of the best East African songs of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month

Featuring Sarkodie, M.anifest, Efya, Shatta Wale, Wendy Shay, Lord Paper x Bosom P-Yung and more.

February has been quite the month for music. From the top shots in music right down to the rising new acts, we give you a list of some of the best songs to come out of Ghana this month. Check them out below.

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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