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Djimon Hounsou Is Set To Star in Paramount Thriller 'A Quiet Place Part II'

The Beninese actor comes in replacing Brian Tyree Henry who withdrew over scheduling conflicts.

Djimon Hounsou will be joining the second iteration of the 2018 Paramount blockbuster thriller, A Quiet Place, Deadline reports.

The Beninese actor is stepping in to replace Brian Tyree Henry and will be playing a leading role in A Quiet Place Part II. Tyree was forced to exit the project due to scheduling issues. Hounsou will be joining the cast including Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Cillian Murphy.


The 2018 film, which grossed $341 million worldwide and was directed by John Krasinski, follows a family attempting to continue to live through a post-apocalyptic world alongside blind extraterrestrial creatures with an acute sense of hearing.

Hounsou has had quite a year so far. You may have seen him in Captain Marvel and Shazam!, and will be playing a lead role in The King's Man—the prequel to Kingsman directed by Matthew Vaughn. He's also set to join the cast of Marvel's revisionist superhero series, What If...? as well as play one of the Bosleys in Elizabeth Banks' reboot of Charlie's Angels—premiering in theaters this November.

CAA, Elevate and The Safran Company all represent Hounsou.

A Quiet Place Part II is set to be released in theaters March 20, 2020. Krasinski is set to direct again with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller producing for Platinum Dunes.

Music

Listen to Solo’s New Single ‘Promises’ Featuring Kwesta

Solo and Kwesta connect on 'Promises.'

Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.

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"85 to Africa" album art.

Listen to Jidenna's New Album, '85 to Africa'

Plus watch the music video for his latest single "Worth the Weight" featuring Seun Kuti.

It's been two years since Jidenna dropped his debut album, The Chief, today, the artist shares his latest studio album 85 to Africa.

In the lead-up to the album's release, the artist dropped the singles "Tribe," "Sufi Woman" "Sou Sou," and "Zodi" featuring fellow Nigerian artist Mr Eazi. He also held several listening parties across the US ahead of its release, and from what we can tell from videos that have been circulating on social media—they've been a really great time for both Jidenna and his fans.

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Mr Eazi & Simi Drop the New Single and Video For 'Doyin'

A head-nodding Afro-R&B track produced by Killertunes.

Mr Eazi seems to be in unstoppable work mode right now as he's been popping up in big singles and collaborations all over the place this summer, as well as continuing his emPawa Africa initiative.

For his latest single, "Doyin," Eazi connects with Nigerian singer Simi for a head-nodding Afro-RnB track. The new song, which is built on woozy synthesizers and mid-tempo beat work, was produced by Killertunes. Eazi and Simi trade verses in the addictive single, which comes paired with a new music video directed by Manuel Concha.

Read: The Music Business of Mr Eazi

"Doyin" is the first song released through emPawa Distribution, a digital music aggregator focused solely on distributing African music, which Eazi announced after the success of emPawa Africa. Speaking of the initiative, emPawa Africa is now reopened to submissions that will help fund the music videos of 30 up-and-coming artists and offer mentorship from big name artists.

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Listen to Rick Jade (Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly)’s Album ‘D.N.A (Da New Africa)’

Rick Jade release their debut album.

Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly, collectively known as Rick Jade, aren't half-stepping. Today, the couple released their debut album D.N.A (Da New Africa).

D.N.A consists of 10 songs that dabble in pop, trap and even kwaito. Guest features on D.N.A include Forcalistic, KLY and some members of the collective Frsh Citizen, which Bontle and Priddy are part of.

In his previous projects, Priddy Ugly had some moments of showing emotion and sharing intimate details of his life. But on D.N.A, he explores that side of himself further.

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