Album cover art of 'A Better Time'.

Davido and baby son David Adedeji Adeleke Jr.

Davido Releases Much-Anticipated Album 'A Better Time'

Listen to Davido's 'A Better Time' featuring Nicki Minaj, Tiwa Savage, Sho Madjozi, Mayorkun, Lil Baby, Nas and several other artists.

Nigerian superstar Davido has finally released his much-anticipated album, A Better Time. This comes after he released the track list for the album just two days ago via social media. The 17-track album is the artist's fourth studio album and is the official follow-up project to his record-breaking album, A Good Time, which he released towards the end of last year. A Better Time features a number of music heavyweights including American rap goddess Nicki Minaj, the inimitable Nas, fellow Nigerian superstars Tiwa Savage and Mayorkun, South African rapper Sho Madjozi and several others.

READ: How Davido's 'FEM' Became the Unlikely #EndSARS Protest Anthem

Firstly, let's talk about "Jowo". The mellow but rhythmically infectious song sees Davido serenading the listener in his signature way and is most certainly a stand-out track on the album. In contrast, "So Crazy" featuring Lil Baby is a vibrant number which dropped last week ahead of the album release. The track "leans toward ATL flows" and was produced by Nick Papz and Xander. "I Got a Friend" on the other hand, sees Davido experimenting with a different sound. Recruiting Mayorkun and Sho Madjozi, the track employs Afrofusion elements with a distinct flavour of amapiano which is further accentuated by Sho Madjozi's smooth Tsonga lyricism. Naturally, Davido and Tiwa Savage linking up on a song can only produce pure Afrobeats magic and that is exactly how "Tanana" sounds––absolute bliss.

The past two weeks have seen music fans being spoilt musically particularly after the unfortunate events which arose from continued #EndSARS protests against police brutality in Nigeria. Thankfully, Burna Boy's "20:10:20", Wizkid's Made in Lagos album and now Davido's A Better Time have all admittedly provided some reprieve from the world's current state of affairs.

And so all we have to say is: kick your feet up and just enjoy this exquisite body of work that will hopefully allow you to tune out the outside world even if it is only momentarily.

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Sudan Declares State of Emergency, As Military Dissolves Transitional Government

As the North African country edged closer to democracy, Sudan's military has seized power.

Sudan's military has seized power over the North African country, arresting multiple civilian leaders, including the current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The power-sharing, unstable coalition, called the Sovereign Council, was created as a transitional government after the fall of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, in an attempt to move towards a democratic Sudan.

The Sudanese public has been split in recent weeks as groups protested for a military-run state, while others pushed for a civilian lead, democratic nation. Last week, the Prime Minister vocalized his plans towards a full transition to civilian rule, and his plans to have that body in place by November 17, echoing the voices of thousands of Sudanese demonstrators who showed up in hoards to demand that the promise of Sudan's pro-democracy movement be honored. But on Monday the PM and multiple government ministers and officials were placed under arrest, resulting in Sudan's top general's declaring State of Emergency.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said in a televised statement, "To rectify the revolution's course, we have decided to declare a state of emergency nationwide… dissolve the transitional sovereign council, and dissolve the cabinet." His statement came as soldiers fired live rounds at anti-military protestors, outside of the army headquarters in the capital.

Internet services were cut across the country around dawn and the main roads and bridges into Khartoum shut, before soldiers stormed the headquarters of Sudan's state broadcaster in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the ministry said. After months of rising tensions in the country, army and paramilitary troops have been deployed across the capital city, Khartoum, with the airports and internet access being shut down. As a result of the coup, hundreds of protestors have taken to the streets, demanding the return of a civilian ruled and the transitional government, the BBC reports.

Demonstrators have spread to a number of Sudanese cities including Atbara, Wad Madani, and Port Sudan, and more are expected to attend the call for action. "We will not leave the streets until the civilian government is back and the transition is back," protest attendee Sawsan Bashir told AFP. While demonstrator Haitham Mohamed says, "We are ready to give our lives for the democratic transition in Sudan."

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