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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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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.