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Stream Gabriel Teodros' James Baldwin-Inspired 'Evidence Of Things Not Seen' LP

Ethiopian-American rapper Gabriel Teodros releases 'Evidence of Things Not Seen,' an album largely inspired by James Baldwin.


Earlier this month, Seattle-based Ethiopian-American rapper Gabriel Teodros shared the beautifully grainy video for "Black Love." That song and several others arrived this week as Teodros' latest LP, Evidence of Things Not Seen. Produced by the New Zealand-based SoulChef and featuring vocals from Jamaican musician Jonathan Emile, rising Seattleite emcee Shakiah, and Canadian singer Sarah MK, the new album is both danceable and meditative, often in a single track. On middle cut, "Light Attracts Light & Everything Else Too," for instance, Teodros ponders the price of fame and vanity against a background of pounce-like drums, soft keys, and spiky guitars. Speaking on the literary origins of Evidence of Things Not Seen, Teodros told Okayafrica:

"James Baldwin has been a huge inspiration on my writing and life in general these last few years, and he definitely was the biggest inspiration on this album in particular. The title Evidence Of Things Not Seen has several intended meanings, in the same way I believe it did for Baldwin when he authored a book with the same title in 1985. It's about the feeling of not being seen in different ways; it's about seeing things before they actually happen; it's about how much faith it takes to be an uncompromising independent musician in this day & age; and more."

There's significant conceptual depth and ambition in Teodros' new collection that remains both inviting and even warm. Evidence Of Things Not Seen is out now. Listen to the full album and watch Teodros discuss his Ethiopian heritage in an interview with Seattle rap blog 28Hundred below.

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Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-inspired looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

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Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

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Sampha, Sade, Kendrick Lamar & SZA Have Been Shortlisted for the Oscars' Best Original Song Category

Here are the tracks that these amazing artists are receiving the well-deserved nod for.

As Oscar Sunday approaches on February 24, 2019, the Academy has been announcing the nominations and shortlists of who will be in the running to take home the golden statue.

The latest category to keep an eye out for is 'Best Original Song.' Sampha, Sade and Kendrick Lamar's collab with SZA have made the shortlist, The Fader reports. We'll have to wait until January to get the scoop on the final nomination.

Dive into the tracks that these amazing artists are receiving the shortlist nod for.

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