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Burna Boy on 'Sway In The Morning': 'My Job as the African Giant Is To Bring You All Home'

Check out Burna Boy's interview and freestyle challenge when he recently paid a visit to "Sway In The Morning."

Before Burna Boy shut down his sold-out show at the Apollo, he paid veteran radio personality Sway Calloway a visit to his radio show, Sway In The Morning for an in-depth conversation and to face the show's coveted '5 Fingers of Death' freestyle challenge.


"We're all most definitely related," Burna responds to Sway declaring so in the beginning of his interview. "That's my job as the African Giant is to bring you all home."

Sway and his cohost ask Burna Boy questions pertaining to the continued bridge-building happening through music between the continent and the diaspora, the connections young Africans have to hip-hop, the drug epidemic young people are battling both in the States and on the continent and more.

In Photos: Burna Boy Brought His 'African Giant' Energy to NYC's Historic Apollo Theater

Watch the interview below.

Burna Boy on Colorism & Culture in Africa & Nipsey Hussle's Impact on the World youtu.be

Every MC that touches down on Sway In The Morning is tasked to face the '5 Fingers of Death' freestyle challenge, where they spit bars off the dome as the DJ switches to five different instrumentals.

Kicking off with Timbaland & Magoo's "Indian Flute" to transitioning to Nas' "Oochie Wally," Burna Boy is effortless with his dancehall toasting-inspired flow.

Check it out below.

Burna Boy Spits Fire on the 5 Fingers of Death on Sway in the Morning youtu.be

As Konbini adds, Burna's next stop stateside is Coachella.

"That huge, right?" Sway asks.

"It's huge for here," Burna responds in closing.

Photos by David Pattinson.

First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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