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You're Going to Have Blinky Bill's  'Showdown' On Repeat

Watch our premiere of the new video for "Showdown" featuring MVROE and Kiwango.

Kenya's Blinky Bill is gearing up for the release of his long-awaited album, Everyone's Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales, due October 19.

The new solo record will see the former Just A Band member delivering 12 self-produced tracks that are as diverse and rich as the contemporary Nairobi scene. It will feature collaborations with the likes Petite Noir, Sampa the Great, and others.

One of those album highlights is "Showdown," a hypnotic new single that pairs traditional Kenyan percussion with head-nodding bass synths. The song sees Blinky Bill linking up with new Nairobi acts MVROE of EA Wave and Kiwango of Cosmic Homies.

The new music video, which we're premiering here today, follows Blinky Bill and a group of his friends to a hotel lobby in Nairobi, where they all mime over his track.


"The song Showdown came from experimenting with bass sounds in studio," Blinky Bill tells OkayAfrica. "I love how Busta and Missy used to make songs that referenced African percussion and I wanted to make something in the same spirit but with my own vibe, that bridges African drum and bass that I've heard in the countryside and how that links to electronic music."

"Plus, I had been making a lot of music that is heavy and political lately and I wanted for this beat to make a song to make girls/women feel good about themselves and thus the casting of the lead ladies of the vid, just them having a good time."

If you're in London, you can catch Blinky Bill live alongside Dope Saint Jude on October 14.

Watch the new music video for "Showdown" featuring MVROE & Kiwango below.

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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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