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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.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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