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Clap! Clap! and Bongeziwe Mabandla's New Track Will Give You the Lift You Need

Producer Clap! Clap! and South African folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla deliver the beautiful and uplifting "Nguwe."

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Clap! Clap! delivered one of our favorite albums of the year back in 2014—a record that showcased his unique fusion of West African field recordings with synth and drum programming.


Since then, the producer's landed high-end gigs like collaborating on three songs with Paul Simon for the veteran songwriter's latest album.

Clap! Clap! (aka Cristiano Crisci) has now announced the release of his second record, A Thousand Skies, which looks to further his exploration into the meeting point between traditional African rhythms and footwork, hip-hop, juke and house-influenced production.

"Nguwe" the latest single from the album, sees the producer joining forces with South African folk singer Bongeziwe Mabandla for a beautiful and uplifting track packed with stuttering synthesizers and a kaleidoscopic beat.

Bongeziwe Mabandla.

“I fell in love with Bongeziwe's voice the first time I heard it, and think that his album Umlilo is a MASTERPIECE," Clap! Clap! writes to Okayafrica. "His voice makes me dream every time I listen to once of his songs, 'Isizathu' is one of my favourites of his."

"I'm such a fan of his voice and style but was keen to collaborate on a more experimental song with him, taking us both in a new direction. We are both in love with the result, and very happy to bring something fresh and quite different from our usual styles!"

A Thousand Skies is due February 17 via Black Acre and will also feature collaborations with John Wizards and OY.

Stream Clap! Clap! and Bongeziwe Mabandla's "Nguwe," premiering here today, above.

Producer Clap! Clap! aka Cristiano Crisci.

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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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