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Blood Orange Negro Swan cover.

Blood Orange's New Album Will Explore "Black Depression, Black Existence, and the Ongoing Anxieties of Queer/People of Color"

Negro Swan is on the way.

Dev Hynes has announced the follow-up to 2016's Freetown Sound. His new full-length album as Blood Orange is titled Negro Swan and will come out on August 24 via Domino.

"My newest album is an exploration into my own and many types of black depression, an honest look at the corners of black existence, and the ongoing anxieties of queer/people of color," Hynes mentions in a statement.


"A reach back into childhood and modern traumas, and the things we do to get through it all. The underlying thread through each piece on the album is the idea of hope, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves with a hopefully positive outcome of helping others out of their darkness."

Hynes has shared the album's cover art (above), as well as a teaser video you can watch below.

While Blood Orange's previous album, Freetown Sound, delved into his background and his Sierra Leonean and Guyanese parents, he's previously mentioned to Pitchfork that his new album will "deal with growing up and childhood in England."

Revisit OkayAfrica's interview with Blood Orange about his Sierra Leonean and West African influences.

Watch the teaser and see his tour dates listed underneath.

Blood Orange Tour Dates

07-21 Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival 2018)
08-05 Montreal, Quebec - Parc Jean-Drapeau (Oshega Festival)
09-14 Vancouver, British Columbia - The Orpheum, Westward Music Festival
09-15 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
09-16 Portland, OR - Roseland
09-20 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
09-21 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
09-22 Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival
09-26 New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
09-27 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
09-28 Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
10-01-02 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall
10-06 Austin, TX - Ziller Park (Austin City Limits)
10-13 Austin, TX - Ziller Park (Austin City Limits)
10-29 London, England - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
10-30 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Max
11-02 Paris, France - Grande Halle de la Villette (Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2018)
11-03-04 Turin, Italy - Lingotto Fiere, Club to Club Festival
11-06 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theater
11-08 Copenhagen, Denmark - The Grey Hall
11-07-10 Reykjavík, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival


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Photo courtesy of Josh2funny.

Josh2funny Is the Nigerian Comedian Inspiring Global Trends

The internet sensation speaks to OkayAfrica about his journey, the several comedy personalities he's created over the years, creating the viral #DontLeaveMe challenge, and being properly credited for his work.

Nigeria's pool of social media comedians is ever increasing, and this is backed by the heavy consumption of online content by Nigerians and the quick rise to stardom of viral internet sensations. Although these internet sensations easily transition into stage comedians and online influencers, more often than not. they fade away as quickly as they rise to prominence. Variety is the only way to remain relevant. The audience has become ever so demanding of new creative ventures and they are fed by the immediacy the internet offers.

Josh Alfred, otherwise known as Josh2funny, has had an unusual path to internet comedy fame. He began his online comedy journey after failing in his stand-up comedy foray. Inspired by the vast consumption of social media comedy content, Josh2funny made his first skit in 2016—a short dry humour video which he comically slapped his friend into a state of perpetual confusion.

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