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Burna Boy Ballets Past the Haters in the New ‘Pree Me’ Video

Watch the video for "Pree Me," the lead single from Burna Boy's '90s themed EP 'Redemption'

Burna Boy is in top paranoid sad-boy form in his new music video for “Pree Me.”


The track follows the Nigerian dancehall star as he melancholically reminisces about his enemies multiplying and scheming on him over minimal piano chords and a slow-building beat (thanks, Drake).

The single’s music video was shot in South Africa by Nick Roux and shows Burna Boy rapping in front of a wall spray-painted with his suspicious rhymes, in between scenes of ballet dancers, school boys and betrayal.

“Pree Me” is the lead single from Burna Boy’s upcoming ‘90s themed Redemption EP, which is due later this month.

The single, produced by LeriQ, originally premiered on Julie Adenuga’s Apple Beats 1 radio show.

The singer will headline his first major concert in the U.K. after a six-year ban on October 1st at the Eventim Apollo.

Watch Burna Boy's new visuals above.

 

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Watch Burna Boy's New Video for 'Another Story' Featuring M.anifest

The video comes just a day before Nigeria celebrates Independence Day.

Burna Boy has had an insanely successful year with the release of his album, African Giant. The project, which features notable tracks such as "Dangote", "Gum Body", "Anybody" and "Wetin Man Go Do" has been lauded as one of the best albums of this year period and even sparked a heated debate as to why Nigerian artists consistently do better internationally compared to South African artists. "Another Story" is the tenth track on the album and speaks to the colonial history of Nigeria. Burna features Ghanaian rapper M.anifest in the new video for this track and the visuals are hauntingly on point.

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Check Out the Trailer for Beyoncé's Upcoming Documentary 'Making the Gift'

The ABC special will offer a behind the scenes look at the making of the album "The Lion King: The Gift" and features Burna Boy, Yemi Alade and more.

Beyoncé is set to take fans inside the making of her latest album The Lion King: The Gift, with the upcoming ABC special Making the Gift, a documentary that chronicles the process of producing the album which she described as "a love letter to Africa."

The announcement came yesterday, when ABC shared the trailer of the special on their social media, even changing their Twitter name to "ABeyC" to mark the occasion. Beyoncé also shared the clip on Instagram—the surprise announcement has unsurprisingly spurred excited reactions from fans online.

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In Conversation: Lemn Sissay On His New Book About Re-claiming the Ethiopian Heritage Stolen From Him by England’s Foster Care System

In 'My Name Is Why,' the 2019 PEN Pinter award winner passionately advocates for children in the institutional care system, and in turn tells a unique story of identity and the power in discovering one's heritage.

It took the author Lemn Sissay almost two decades to learn his real name. As an Ethiopian child growing up in England's care system, his cultural identity was systematically stripped from him at an early age. "For the first 18 years of my life I thought that my name was Norman," Sissay tells OkayAfrica. "I didn't meet a person of color until I was 10 years of age. I didn't know a person of color until I was 16. I didn't know I was Ethiopian until I was 16 years of age. They stole the memory of me from me. That is a land grab, you know? That is post-colonial, hallucinatory madness."

Sissay was not alone in this experience. As he notes in his powerful new memoir My Name Is Why, during the 1960s, tens of thousands of children in the UK were taken from their parents under dubious circumstances and put up for adoption. Sometimes, these placements were a matter of need, but other times, as was the case with Sissay, it was a result of the system preying on vulnerable parents. His case records, which he obtained in 2015 after a hardfought 30 year campaign, show that his mother was a victim of child "harvesting," in which young, single women were often forced into giving their children up for adoption before being sent back to their native countries. She tried to regain custody of young Sissay, but was unsuccessful.

Whether they end up in the foster system out of need or by mistake, Sissay says that most institutionalized children face the same fate of abuse under an inadequate and mismanaged system that fails to recognize their full humanity. For black children who are sent to white homes, it often means detachment from a culturally-sensitive environment. "There are too many brilliant people that I know who have been adopted by white parents for me to say that it just doesn't work," says Sissay. "But the problem is the amount of children that it doesn't work for."

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Check out Cameroonian Crooner Vagabon’s New Ode to Female Power

The singer dropped a video for new single "Every Woman" today, shot by fellow Cameroonian director Lino Asana.

Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter Laetitia Tamko, better known as her stage name Vagabon, has been spoiling us with delights as of late. First, the crooner teased us with two singles, "Flood" and "Water Me Down" from her forthcoming sophomore album, Vagabon, a work she wrote and produced herself. And today, she surprised us with a new single and video for "Every Woman"—a track Tamko claims is the "thesis of the album," as per a press statement reported by The Fader magazine

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