Audio

Congratulations South Sudan!


July 9, 2011: after more than five decades of an underdog, guerrilla struggle and two million lives lost, the Republic of South Sudan, Africa’s 54th state, has declared its independence. President Salva Kiir, above in his signature cowboy hat (given to him by former US president Dubya Bush), announced,  “we have waited for more than 56 years for this. It is a dream that has come true.”

In honor of the occasion, Akwaaba teamed up with Wahib Soumade of M.I.C.T. (Media In Cooperation and Transition) - a Berlin-based organization that initiated the powerful Sudan Votes Music Hopes project in 2010 - to put out  SVMH RMXD003, an awesome EP produced by Tyler Pope (of  !!! and LCD Soundsystem fame) and one of Berlin's top DJ's Edward, with features by Khartoum-born, Brooklyn-based Alsarah, and Sudanese heavyweight Yousif El Mosley.

SVMH RMXD003 Minimix by The FADER

Below, a video from the last EP of the series. Big congrats to the Republic of South Sudan!

[embed width=550][/embed]

Audio
Photo: Sean Thomas.

The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Femi & Made Kuti, DJ Lag x DJ Tira, Kizz Daniel, Sho Madjozi, James BKS and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

Jay Trigga could very well be Zambian music's next big thing—and he's doing it all from China.