The Spiritual Rebirth of Fortune Shumba

South African singer Fortune Shumba returns with a new EP and video for the title track off 'Daylight.'

On his 2015 debut EP, Fortune Shumba was dark and moody. His latest offering is a burst of light that continues to showcase his haunting vocals and unique approach to songwriting.

Recorded in a friend’s bedroom in Mpumalanga, Daylight captures a recent journey of introspection for the South African singer, who recently made the move from the small town of Nelspruit to Johannesburg.

“Daylight is a state of mind for me,” Shumba shares in an email with Okayafrica. “The music is about finding inner peace and love within self and spreading it out to the universe in order to receive some back,” he says.

Most of the songs on the six-track EP came to him in dreams. That’s how the first song came to fruition. “I dreamt of a melody—most times I dream of melodies or words and turn them to songs—someone was continuously singing the word Umlilo over this pulsating loud drum. I woke up at midnight and recorded what I had heard in the dream on my phone and continued sleeping,” he says. This was the first melody of what was to become Daylight.

The EP also marks a new look for Shumba, who was previously known to sport a long, black veil during performances, which he says was his attempt at hiding his insecurities. Abandoning the black veil, Shumba now opts for an all-white look on stage as a “sign of spiritual purity,” and gold jewelry, which he says is a way of showing he now realises his worth.

On the title track, he speaks of his newfound freedom and spiritual rebirth. In the song’s minimalist video, a gold-painted Shumba is portrayed as the sun while moving about against a white backdrop.

“We painted my entire body gold as a symbol of that and as a symbol of one realising their true worth after years of feeling inferior and worthless,” he says, adding that the song is also about spiritual rebirth.

Nudity allowed him to be completely vulnerable. “The exposure meant my flaws were being made visible and that I had accepted myself and had become comfortable enough in my own skin.”

Upon completion of the EP, Shumba submitted to the ancestral call and went to initiation school for Ukuthwasa. “Everything was beginning to come full circle. I was seeing the light finally, I was at peace with self and everything just made more sense,” he says.

This was when he decided to leave home and relocate to Johannesburg. It’s a move he hopes will allow for his music to grow and reach a broader audience.

Watch our premiere of the “Daylight” video above. The Daylight EP is out now on iTunes, Google Play and Deezer.

Simi in "Selense" (Youtube)

Watch Simi's Beautiful Music Video For 'Selense'

Premiere: Simi shares the upbeat new video for "Selense," a song about time which draws inspiration from classic highlife.

Nigeria's Simi comes through with the new music video for her recent single, "Selense."

The song, which sees her sing about using your time and years on this earth preciously, gets a beautiful new video that follows Simi's verses about different characters who may or may not be spending their hours in the best way.

The upbeat new music video, which was directed by Adasa Cookey, is getting premiered here on OkayAfrica today.

"'Selense' is a song about time," Simi tells OkayAfrica. "The song draws inspiration from classic African highlife. A timeless classic that is perfect for all seasons."

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Teni in "Billionaire" (Youtube)

Watch Teni's New Music Video For 'Billionaire'

Teni competes in "Who Wants to be a Billionaire?" in this new TG Omori-directed video.

Nigeria's Teni comes through with the new music video for "Billionaire," the title track from her recently-released Billionaire EP.

The monetarily-aspirational single, which produced by Pheelz, gets a feel-good music video that follows Teni as she sings from a cover of Forbes magazine and competes on a "Who Wants to Be A Billionaire?" TV show spoof. After phoning in a friend, she eventually wins a billion dollars by answering the question 'What do you call a group of tigers?' Hint: it's an ambush.

The music video features Frank Edoho, the former host of the now defunct Nigerian version of the trivia game show. While viral comic Broda Shaggi plays Teni's friend.

Read: Teni is the Breakout Star of 2018

Teni's new music video for "Billionaire" is directed by TG Omori, who we recently profiled as the director breathing new life into Nigerian videos. His work can also be seen in music videos like Naira Marley's "Am I A Yahoo Boy" and "Soapy," Olamide & Wizkid's "Oil & Gas" and Tekno & Zlatan's "Agege," which earned him a call into police questioning.

Watch Teni's new music video for "Billionaire" below.

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Still from Burna Boy's Tiny Desk concert video via NPR.

Watch Burna Boy's Mellowed-Out 'Tiny Desk' Concert

Watch the 'African Giant' run through some of his hits like 'Gbona,' 'Ye' and more for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Burna Boy is the latest artist to grace NPR's famous Tiny Desk.

The Nigerian "afrofusion" star took to the set for a mellowed out performance of four of his biggest tracks. Getting straight to business, the artist opened his set with a toned down rendition of his single "Gbona" before heading into the socially-aware "Wetin Man Go Do." It's much calmer of a performance than we're used to seeing from the artist.

Next he performs a funky version of "Dangote," before rounding his set out with his magnum opus of sorts "Ye." He's backed by the band The Outsiders and vocalist Christina Matovu throughout.

Burna Boy has had a stellar year, releasing his seminal album African Giant, performing at Coachella and winning several awards—including 'Best African Act' at the BET Awards—in the process.

Check out his full Tiny Desk performance below, and revisit a recent Tiny Desk performance from British-Nigerian rapper Dave from last week and check out Burna Boy's okay acoustics performance of 'Anybody' from August.

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Wizkid, Anatii Win Big at BET Soul Train Awards Alongside Beyoncé

The Nigerian and South African artists, respectively, won soul train awards for their contributions to 'Brown Skin Girl."

Nigeria's Wizkid and South Africa's Anatii both earned BET Soul Train Awards last night for their contributions to Beyoncé's hit song "Brown Skin Girl."

The song, which is an ode to dark-skinned women, was one of the standout tracks from Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift. It earned the "Ashford and Simpson Songwriter's Award" last night during the awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Wizkid is featured on the track and has a writing credit, while Anatii is credited as a composer along with Michael Uzowuru, and others.

The song was also nominated in the "Best Collaboration Performance" category.

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