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Black Coffee Enlists Laolu Senbanjo & Mque for His New Video for 'Come With Me'

Black Coffee drops the music video for his latest single “Come With Me,” a collaboration with Johannesburg-based vocalist Mque.

Black Coffee just dropped the music video for his latest single “Come With Me,” a collaboration with Johannesburg-based vocalist Mque.


The track sees the king of South African house crafting a pulsating beat over an acoustic guitar lines and Mque's controlled vocal deliveries.

Its accompanying music video follows a group of dancers as they move their way across New York City apartments and rooftops to find a warehouse party DJed by the man himself, Black Coffee.

Look out for a cameo from Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo and his Yoruba-influenced artwork. Senbanjo recently made waves across the globe for his work on Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

Black Coffee will be presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming South African Music Awards held on June 4.

Watch the visuals for Black Coffee's “Come With Me,” featuring Mque, below.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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