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Blinky Bill. Photo: Maxime Debollivie.

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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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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