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Blinky Bill of Just A Band Returns With a Dance EP and Nightmarish Music Video

Blinky Bill shares the 5-track 'We Cut Keys While You Wait' EP and a brand new music video.

Earlier this year, Kenya’s beloved Just A Band announced that they’d be going on hiatus to concentrate on individual projects.


One of those new projects is seeing the light of day today in the form of Blinky Bill’s 5-track We Cut Keys While You Wait EP.

The new release sees Blinky Bill experimenting with different shades of dance beats—from the hazy "Intro" and "Don't Doubt" to the more upbeat "Wacha Maneno"—and all kinds of synthesizer noises.

He’s sharing the EP along with a nightmarish music video for “Kwani Iko Nini,” which stars a fire dancer and masked hula-hooper who may or may not live in Blinky’s dreams.

“ ‘Kwani Iko Nini' means 'What's going on' in Swahili,” Blinky Bill tells Okayafrica. “This is my first music video as a solo artist. It's a dance video for one of the songs from my EP that came out today. Yay.”

“The EP is a precursor to my debut album that I'm currently working on that's slated to come out early next year. [These] were experiments that I wanted to test out the waters with.”

Get lost in the “Kwani Iko Nini” visuals above. Stream the new EP below and buy it for the price of your choice.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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