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Watch Boddhi Satva's New Video For 'Muasi Na Ngai'

We premiere the Portugal-shot video for this new single featuring Badi and Kaysha.

Central African DJ and producer Boddhi Satva is known for his Afrohouse style of 'Ancestral Soul,' a blend of traditional rhythms with soul and electronic music.

The producer is back today with a new music video for "Muasi Na Ngai," which translates to 'my woman' in Lingala. The single sees him pairing up with Belgian rapper Badi and Congolese singer Kaysha, both acts that he's collaborated with before, for a song that blends French, English, and Lingala lyrics.

The new video, which we're premiering here today, was shot in Portugal and celebrates black beauty and womanhood.


"Muasi Na Ngai is an ode to women," writes Badi. "I feel like this song could be called Rumba-Trap for the rhythms (African, Brazilian and Urban) and the theme (love, loyalty, commitment). Everything about this collaboration is new and different for me. I believe that is what brings such magic, as we're stepping out of our respective comfort zones."

Boddhi Satva mentions, "I remember playing the demo of Muasi Na Ngai (My women) to Kaysha and Badi separately, and seeing exactly the same reaction on their faces. The melodies on the chorus came to Kaysha right away and the mix between his and Badi's vibe was just meant to be. Individually and collectively, our body of work has been consistent in always pushing further the boundaries of our own creativities. Muasi Na Ngai is, in my opinion, a good balance of different musical spices combined together to give birth to a very special song."

"We are installing a different sound and a different way of making African music," adds Kaysha. "We're not trying to mimic Americans but bringing a different, maybe more authentic approach."

Watch our premiere of "Muasi Na Ngai" below.

Boddhi Satva, Badi & Kaysha - Muasi Na Ngai (Official Video) youtu.be


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Boddhi Satva & James Germain's 'An Nou Ale' Is A Beautiful Pan-African Dance

Watch our premiere of the video for the Haitian and Senegal-influenced single "An Nou Ale."

Last December, Boddhi Satva took a trip to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti were he connected with some of the island's artists. One of those artists he worked with was singer James Germain, known as the creator of Kreol Mandingue.

The result of the artists' collaboration is "An Nou Ale" (Haitian creole for "Let's Go" or "Let's Go Together"), which sees the Central African Republic producer and Haitian singer link up with kora master N'Faly Kouyate.

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Boddhi Satva & Badi's Video For 'Kitendi' Is A Black Vintage Fashion Dream

"The art direction and wardrobe give a hybrid mixture of styling eras with a forward-thinking approach," says Boddhi Satva.

Central African DJ and producer Boddhi Satva is sharing the new video for “Kitendi,” featuring Congolese-Belgian rapper Badi—a track that sees the MC flex over paralyzing kicks and bass lines.

The video, which we are premiering here today, was art directed by London-based dandies Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF with vintage styling by Amah Ayivi. 

It showcases the lovely people at Café Barge in Paris with flashes of of legendary African musicians such as Stervos Niarcos, Papa Wemba and Kester Emeneya who pioneered “La SAPE,” a fashion movement in the 60s.

“‘Kitendi,’” says Boddhi Satva, “took Badi and I out of our musical comfort zone. The art direction by Art Comes First and wardrobe by Marché Noir give a hybrid mixture of styling eras with a forward-thinking approach. Most importantly, this project is a 100% Pan African effort.”

Watch the Gilles Geek-directed video for “Kitendi” above.

 

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South African Women Dropped the Best Debuts of 2019

We highlight 10 noteworthy albums & EPs from a new generation of vocal talent in South Africa, featuring Elaine, Ayanda Jiya, Ami Faku and more.

The South African music scene has seen an uptick in youthful, vocally gifted artists over the years. Much of this is owed to the recent global resurgence of R&B, as well as the increased significance of streaming sites, especially SoundCloud.

From internet-savvy artists creating jazz, alternative soul and house-infused spoken word to radio friendly iterations of pop and Afro-soul, 2019 has been the year of impactful debut performances.

This year ushered in the voices of a new generation of South African female artists announcing themselves to the world.

Here's a lowdown of 10 great releases from talented female vocalists, songwriters and composers marking this new era.

Read ahead below. This list is in no particular order.

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Listen to Stormzy's New Album 'Heavy is the Head'

The British-Ghanaian grime star has dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album featuring YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy has finally dropped his much-anticipated sophomore album Heavy is the Head. The album comes two years after he released his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

The 16-track project features the likes of American singer-songwriter YEBBA, H.E.R., Burna Boy, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Tiana Major9 and Headie One.

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