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Card On Spokes' New Video Is a Neo-Noir Masterpiece

South African producer Card On Spokes premieres his music video for "Ribbon Tooth," from his latest EP 'As we Surface.'

Film noir meets South African electronica in the music video for Card On Spokes' latest single “Ribbon Tooth.”


The cinematic video is an exploration into both the real and the surreal, as the protagonist, actress Siphokazi Khubonitours the inner workings of her mind in an attempt to beat the very real struggle that is writer's block—we’ve all been there haven’t we?

Her character takes a vivid journey through her subconscious to find what’s missing.

“What interested me in exploring this concept was the idea that we all live simultaneously in two worlds and we often find it hard to connect the two. We navigate between the realm of “reality” where we interact with the outside world, and the almost fictional realm of our minds, where anything is possible. I am interested in exploring the line where these two spheres collide,” says the video’s director, Portuguese filmmaker, Sara CF de Gouveia.

“With this specific story," she adds, "the protagonist becomes the character she is writing about, and is forced to find her way out of this self-imposed labyrinth of her psyche. During her search, she eventually becomes unable to differentiate reality from what is merely her own perception of it, crossing the threshold between her inner and outer worlds. At the end of her quest she learns that deep down this is only the beginning of yet another journey.”

The video is evidence that imagination can take you places, and Card On Spokes gives us a glimpse into this through atmospheric, sensory-appealing production. “The idea was to make the listener feel like they were inside a typewriter—feeling the edges and nuances of each mechanism as they moved within the track,” the artist tells us.

Check out our premiere of the video above and stream Card On Spokes’ latest EP As We Surface via Spotify and Apple Music.

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The Gorillaz Enlist Fatoumata Diawara for New Track 'Désolé

A stunning collaboration that we didn't even know we needed.

The Gorillaz enlist none other than Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for their latest single "Désolé," the second single from the hit-making British band's Song Machine installation project.

"Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know," the band's drummer Russel Hobbs is quoted as saying in a statement via Pitchfork. Désole translates to "sorry" in French, but despite it's apologetic title, the song is a laid-back groove, elevated by vocals from lead singer Damon Albarn and Diawara, who sings in English, French and Bambara.

"She's an African Queen," Russel adds. "This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that's not true.... Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips."

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Watch Sarkodie's New Music Video For 'Bumper'

A dance-heavy clip for the Ghanaian star's turn-up single.

Sarkodie comes through with the energetic new dance video for "Bumper."

The new track is a high-octane affair that sees the Ghanaian star rapper delivering some standout rhymes and flows over an afro-fusion leaning production from Nigeria's Rexxie.

The new video for "Bumper," which was directed by Monte Carlo Dream, follows a group of dancers as they show off their moves inside a barbershop.

"Bumper" comes after the release of Sarkodie's latest album, Black Love, which features the likes of Donae'o, Idris Elba, Efya, Mr Eazi, Stonebwoy, Tekno, Maleek Berry, King Promise, Kizz Daniel and several other artists.

OkayAfrica spoke with the artist in November, following his win for Best International Flow at the BET Hip Hop awards. "[The album] is just about love amongst black people and it's 90 or 80 percent based on relationships," he said.

Watch the new music video for Sarkodie's "Bumper" below.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Tanasha, Sauti Sol, Rayvanny, Sheebah, Victoria Kimani and more.

February has been dominated by familiar voices in East African music.

Here are our picks of the best East African songs of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Zlatan Reflects on 'Life' on Heartfelt New Track

Watch the music video for the Nigerian artist's latest.

Nigerian artist Zlatan gets pensive on his latest track "Life."

The song is a departure from the Zanku (Leg Work) singer's usual dance-worthy style. Instead, the slow-paced anthem sees him reflecting on his rise, and making it as an artist against all odds. "My life changed in one day," sings the artist on the hook.

The video, directed by Hassan Al Raae, features a different setting for the artist as well, as the artist appears at a skiing resort surrounded by snow, which provides a crisp backdrop for the track's hopeful message.

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