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LargeUp Premiere: De Tropix x Afrikan Boy 'All The Dots'


The LargeUp crew has premiered The Skyward EP from dancehall-meets-UK-club duo De Tropix. "All The Dots" features Afrikan Boy's grimy spitting on things we can all relate to: system enslavement, commuting and watching National Geographic. LU on the release:

De Tropix, a collaborative project between DJ/producer/vocalist Damon Bowen (a/k/a Instinct) and vocalist Cherry B (hype chick/backup singer/choreographer for M.I.A.) caught our attention three years ago with their scorching, dancehall-inflected U.K. club banger “Adeyhey.” After a two-year hiatus, Damon and Cherry have reconvened De Tropix for a new five-song EP, The Skyward, that takes their sound in a moodier, more expansive direction while still retaining the dancehall- and soca-fied undercurrents that grabbed us the first time around.

Stream "All the Dots" featuring Afrikan Boy below and hear the full EP over at LargeUp.

>>>Stream: De Tropix The Skyward EP (via LargeUp)

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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