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Casablanca MC Dizzy DROS Is Taking Moroccan Rap By Storm

Moroccan rap star Dizzy DROS's debut full length '3azzy 3ando Stylo' drops November 22nd.


Young Casablanca MC Dizzy DROS is posed to take Morocco's rap scene by storm with his full length debut 3azzy 3ando Stylo. Two years in the making, the album's production saw DROS join forces with Moroccan beatmakers the likes of Al Amin, Said Lakhrif, and Teekay. The 24-track album was recorded in 21 year-old self-taught sound engineer Amine Hamdoune's HMDi Prod home studio. The album's mix was also locally done and entrusted to Moroccan sound engineer Ali Faraoui. Final mastering was an overseas occasion, with DROS and crew looking to London's Wired Master Studios for a solid final touch. Led by three singles — “Cazafonia,” “Men Hna" ("From Here"), and “Omar Smity" ("My Name is Omar") — 3azzy 3ando Stylo is a well-worked debut seasoned with wide-ranging textures and vocal skills (notably on “Ghetto Boy”).

No doubt about it 3azzy 3ando Stylo is a street album through and through, a lyrical discussion of the stories of Casablanca's streets. Several ego-trips aside, the album covers the utmost weighty of topics, including narrating the untimely passing of three individuals the 24 year-old rapper had encountered throughout his life (“Sa3tk Salat" 'Your time Is Finished'). Standout cut “3alam (World)" dwells on global and national issues introduced by a segment of Malcom X's "Who Taught You To Hate Yourself?" speech (May, 1962). The album also features verses from Moroccan rap pioneer Muslim as well as M-DOC, who surprises fans by singing a chorus in English on “10 Millions.” In an especially captivating moment, rap group Shayfeen joins DROS in claiming the agency of the youth to build their own identity, a proclamation which distances younger generations from the culture of their parents. Overall DROS' official debut marks the start of a promising career— his official (self) welcoming letter to the front and center of Morocco's rap scene. 3azzy 3ando Stylo drops November 22. Until then, listen to an album sampling below.

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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.

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Get Into Shirazee & Saint Jhn's Highly-Addictive 'Juju'

The new music video follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans.

Shirazee is back with his latest single "Juju."

The new song sees the Benin-born singer-songwriter linking up with none-other-than Saint Jhn for a highly-addictive tune built on afro-fusion beat work. The striking new music video for "Juju," which was directed by Tiara Marei, follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans, Louisiana.

"This one is special to me 'cause the song was recorded at a time I needed to break a love-spell that I felt was put on me by a serious crush of mine [laughs]," Shirazee tells OkayAfrica. "Shooting this video in New Orleans, a city with historical ties to my Benin, was such a privilege and does so much justice to the song and theme.

"[I'm] looking forward to releasing new music this year and the first of two EPs called LOST is on the way and it's exciting," he adds.

For more on him, revisit our interview with Shirazee on his journey, taking risks and going independent. As you remember, Saint Jhn featured on Beyoncé and Wizkid's "Brown Skin Girl," one of our favorite songs last year.

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Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

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