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Falle Nioke Does Not Disappoint With New Single ‘Salia’

The Guinean singer has a new single and a short documentary about a new life chapter.

Falle Nioke is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Conakry, Guinea who you need to get to know. Nioke has just released a new single produced by Johan Hugo of The Very Best. "Salia," has pumping, pulsating beats. His voice is bold and rings clear, alternating between pure sound and slightly effected vocals–doubling them to make it sound like a ghost-version of himself is trailing close behind.


Salia is the sort of 'Afro deep house' that speaks to your soul and connects you with your ancestors. The music instantly transports you to a world that feels primordial—telling a tale so true that you've known it long before It takes you on a journey, seemingly enveloping you and playing your very ribs to the percussion and handclaps.

More than his music, Nioke's story is also interesting. Being born and raised in Guinea, he later moved to Margate in the United Kingdom, a seaside town where he can often be seen humming and strumming down by the harbor.

Nowness has made a short documentary about him and how the change in scenery has affected his art. He speaks on the difference, "Back home in Guinea, there is life on the street. Life on the street that makes you write about it as an artist. Here, I found a new inspiration. Standing on the harbour, looking at the ocean, looking at the sea—it's a new inspiration for me."

The documentary is directed by Tom Dream who says it "captures Nioke at a particularly exciting moment in his life. Filmed soon after the birth of his son, the center of his creativity now has a new foundation in family and community."

Listen to "Salia" and watch the short doc over at Nowness.

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The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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