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Emtee Releases His Highly-Anticipated Sophomore Album, 'Manando'

Emtee's new album is one of the most anticipated releases of the year in South African music—and it’s for the homies.

South African hip-hop artist Emtee has released his sophomore album, Manando, today.

The 20-track record is one of the most anticipated releases of the year in South African music, after his stellar debut, Avery, went platinum and earned him a number of awards including "Best Hip Hop Album of the Year" at the South African Music Awards.

Manando is named after of one of Emtee’s late homies, who the rapper says believed in him as a musician before everyone else did. The artist also pays homage to another one of his fallen friends on the song “R.I.P Swati.”

Manando takes off where Avery left us, with the same brilliant trap production courtesy of his main producer Ruff, as well as Lunatik and Tweezy, among a few others. Brace your ears for those thumping bass lines and 808s.

Emtee still mixes rapping and singing like it’s not a thing as he tells his story and celebrates his victories.

Features on the album include Tiwa Savage, and his label mates Sjava, Njabulo and Saudi. The album features the singles “Corner Store” and “Ghetto Hero.”

Listen to Manando below, buy it on iTunes, and check out the music video for "Me and You" underneath.

Photo by Alain MINGAM/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.

Former Burkinabe President Charged with Thomas Sankara's Murder

Justice is on the horizon as Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, is indicted for the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara.

Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, has reportedly been indicted by a military court in the country's capital for the 1987 assassination of political revolutionary, Thomas Sankara. Hailed as a national hero, Sankara was assassinated alongside 12 other government officials in a coup led by Compaore before he ascended to power. In 2014, Compaore was forced to resign from his 27-year-long rule and seek exile in the Ivory Coast after continued mass demonstrations. Thirteen other political figures, including former General Gilbert Diendere, have also been indicted with charges including "assassination" and "concealment of corpses".

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