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British-Nigerian Rapper Dave's Debut Album 'Psychodrama' has Won the Mercury Prize

The album has been hailed as 'the boldest and best British rap album in a generation.'

British-Nigerian rapper, Dave, released his debut album Psychodrama in March this year and it was certified gold in just three months. The album entered the UK charts at number and has sold over 100 000 copies to date, according to the BBC. Alongside the likes of British-Nigerian MC Little Simz, the experimental rock group Black Midi and Nao, Dave was nominated for this year's Mercury Prize at the end of July. This year's judging panel included artists such as Stormzy, Jorja Smith and Tshepo Mokoena, among several other notable individuals.

Yesterday, Dave took home the prestigious Mercury Prize for his debut album which has since been dubbed "the boldest and best British rap album in a generation."


Psychodrama has received critical acclaim since its release. It's lead single, "Black", caused quite a stir among certain listeners after it played on BBC Radio 1. The track, which talks about how Black people are generally perceived in the UK, caused some to feel that it was "racist towards White people". However, one of this year's Mercury Prize judges, Annie Mac, defended it saying that, "If you are genuinely offended by the idea of a man talking about the color of his skin and how it has shaped his identity, then that is a problem for you."

In his acceptance speech, Dave thanked his fellow nominated artists Little Simz, Nao and Slowthai and paid tribute to his brother, Christopher, who is currently in prison.

Speaking after the ceremony, Dave described the moment saying that, "This is surreal. It is a massive honor and I am glad that I've been able to repay the faith that a lot of people have put in me." He added that, "I have good days and bad days, but you see the team around me, my friends, my family, they kept me strong through this process."

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Cover art of "Banjo".

Watch Cameroonian Drag Artist Bebe Zahara Benet's New Music Video for 'Banjo'

Video Premiere: Bebe Zahara Benet releases the colourful visuals for her latest single 'Banjo' ahead of her upcoming EP 'Broken English'.

Cameroonian drag artist Bebe Zahara Benet has just released the colourful visuals to her latest single 'Banjo'.

The single, which features on her upcoming Broken English EP, is the follow-up to several EPs she's released in the past including Face and Kisses & Feathers as well as a number of singles including "Fun Tonite", "Get Fierce (Lose Yourself)" and "Starting a Fire".

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Listen to Sound Sultan's New Album '8th Wondah'

The 17-track album features 2Baba, Wizkid, Teni, Falz, Mr Real and several others.

Sound Sultan recently dropped his 8th studio album titled 8th Wondah.

The 17-track album is the follow-up to his 2016 album titled "Out of the Box" and features fellow Nigerian artists 2Baba, Wizkid, Teni, Falz, Mr Real, Olu Maintai, Peruzzi, Small Doctor and Johnny Drille.

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South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

Two of South Africa's hip-hop super producers Tweezy and Gemini Major will face-off in upcoming Instagram live beat battle.

After Instagram live beat battles such as Swizz Beatz versus Timbaland and Mannie Fresh versus Scott Storch amid the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was only a matter of time until the hip-hop community across the world followed suit.

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Spotlight: Adekunle Adeleke Creates Digital Surrealist Paintings That Celebrate African Beauty

Get familiar with the work of Nigerian visual artist Adekunle Adeleke.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight Adekunle Adeleke, a Nigerian visual artist, using digital mediums to paint dream-like portraits of Africans. Read more about the inspirations behind his work below, and check out some of his stunning paintings underneath. Be sure to keep up with the artist on Instagram and Facebook.

Can you tell us more about your background and when you first started painting?

I am a self taught artist. I started drawing from when I was really young. I mostly used graphite pencils and paper. But about six years ago, I think it was 2014, I wanted to start getting into color. I was a university student at the time and I lived in a hostel with three other people, so I couldn't go traditional so [instead], I started making paintings digitally, first on my iPad and then on my laptop with a Wacom. I have been painting ever since.

What would you say are the central themes in your work?

I personally think my work celebrates beauty (African beauty to be precise) and occasionally absurd things. I really just want to make paintings that are beautiful.

How do you decide who or what you're going to paint?
I do not have an exact process. I do use a lot of references though. Sometimes, I had an idea of how exactly the painting would look, others I just make it up as i go along.

Can you talk about a particular moment or turning point in your life that made you want to pursue art or a creative path?

I am not sure–I did not actively pursue art in a sense. I was just doing it because it was fun and I wanted to. Then people all of a sudden wanted to put me on projects and offer to pay for my hobby. I have thankfully been able to make art and also work in a separate field—which I also enjoy–by day.

"Canary" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Hibiscus" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Chinua Achebe" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Noir" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Goldi Locks" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Wax" by Adekunle Adeleke

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"Nest" by Adekunle Adeleke

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