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Watch The Music Video Premiere of Nigerien Artist Bombino's Song, 'Deran Deran Alkheir'

The music video is a beautiful representation of the simplicity of love through a Tuareg lens.

Bombino capitalizes on his ability to paint vivid pictures in the mind with striking lyrics and beautiful guitar strums by bringing us a music video for his new track, "Deran Deran Alkheir."

After listening to his full album, we've been wondering when we'd see a music video and we've been finally blessed with the first one. The music video features a bride and groom expressing their love through interpretive-style dance.

Bombino summed up his message and mission for the music video for us:

"Deran Deran Alkheir is a traditional wedding song. It is sung to the man and woman getting married in order to bless them and wish them good fortune together. For this video we wanted to quite simply show the beauty and simplicity of romantic love. I love the way the director, the choreographer, and the dancers interpreted this. It is a beautiful, modern style that matches the spirit of our modern interpretation of the song."

Choreographed by Hillary Pearson and directed by Jonathan Wing, Bombino and his crew perfectly infused tradition with modernity, keeping both the spirit and traditions of the Tuareg people alive.

As Wing put it:

"We wanted to capture dancers in traditional Tuareg clothing, but in a minimal sense. I worked closely with our choreographer to create movement that would be emotional, sharing moments in unison and other moments where they split apart, their energies pushing and pulling. It was important to me that the choreography not be too literal to the beat or constructed as if to a pop song, allowing the emotion to flow more gracefully. Originally we set out to film the dancers in the wide open desert of Southern California, but due to last-minute unforeseen circumstances we pivoted the concept toward a studio, where I abstractly deconstructed the idea of a desert simply through theatrical lighting and color: creating a sort of infinite desert world. This ultimately ended up being a blessing in disguise and we couldn't be prouder with how it turned out."

"Deran Deran Alkheir" is a worthy music video experience. View the full video below, now available on YouTube.

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Rejoice! WhatsApp Places New Restrictions on Chain Messages to Fight Fake News

To combat the spread of misinformation due to the coronavirus outbreak, users are now restricted from sharing frequently forwarded messages to more than one person.

The rise of the novel coronavirus has seen an increase in the spread of fake news across social media sites and platforms, particularly WhatsApp—a platform known as a hotbed for the forwarding of illegitimate chain messages and conspiracy theories (if you have African parents, you're probably familiar). Now the Facebook-owned app is setting in place new measures to try and curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

The app is putting new restrictions on message forwarding which will limit the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be shared. Messages that have been sent through a chain of more than five people can only subsequently be forwarded to one person. "We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful," announced the app in a blog post on Tuesday. "In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers."

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Sarkodie Hits Hard With His Latest Single 'Sub Zero'

The Ghanaian heavyweight rapper shows up with the fire bars over an Altra Nova-produced beat.

Sarkodie has dropped a new aggressive track in the shape of "Sub Zero."

"Sub Zero" follows the star Ghanaian rapper as he throws back criticisms that have come his way from other rappers with his own ice cold flow. The new track was produced by Ghanaian beatmaker Altra Nova and mixed by PEE On Da BeaT.

"Sub Zero" follows Sarkodie's turn-up single "Bumper," which dropped bak in February.

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8 South African Hip-Hop Battles We’d Love to Watch

After Tweezy and Gemini Major's battle, we'd like to see these ones next.

Last week, Gemini Major and Tweezy, two of South African hip-hop's super producers hopped on the trend of the Instagram Live beat battle started by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, amidst the lockdown enforced to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Much to the delight of fans and industry mates alike, Tweezy and Gemini Major showcased their best productions, with many realizing and marveling at the fact that they're the two foremost producers responsible for multiple hits in the South African hip-hop industry for the past 10 years.

South Africa's hip-hop scene has a wide range of producers who have shaped the sound of the country's scene over the years since the 90s and 2000s, to the current crop. Taking that into account, we bring you eight pairs of producers we would like to see go against each other in an IG Live beat battle.


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Watch Phyno's New Music Video for 'Oso Ga Eme'

The Nigerian rapper shares a gritty new track from his latest album 'Deal With It.'

Phyno is back with his latest, "Osa Ga Eme," the latest single from his fourth studio album Deal With It.

The track is a gritty banger, with a catchy hook that sees the MC delivering rapid rhymes in his native Igbo. The energetic music video features several hip-hop dancers who deliver standout performances as they move along to the songs lyrics. The video was directed by Unlimited LA.

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