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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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Here’s a List of the 2020 South African Music Awards (SAMAs) Winners

Here's an updated list of the 2020 South African Music Awards (SAMAs) winners.

Editor's note: this list will be updated as more winners are announced.

Congratulations are in for winners from the second night of the 2020 SAMAs week-long virtual ceremony. Surprising wins and loses have rocked the award show since the beginning of the week.

The 2020 SAMAs are running under a series of five 30-minute episodes from the 3rd to the 7th of August. To keep audiences online glued to their screens, subthemes in hashtags accompany each episode.

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