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Cape Verdean-Dutch Singer/MC Gery Mendes 'Memories'

Watch Cape Verdean-Dutch singer/emcee Gery Mendes' video for "Memories," the first single off his recently released LP 'Caminho.'


Cape Verdean-Dutch singer/emcee Gery Mendes (also known as GMB) recently came through with the visuals for his soulful swinger "Memories," the first single off his latest full-length Caminho (which arrived in April). Known for his ability to switch effortlessly between velvety vocals and hard-hitting flows (the proof is in the politically-surged "Mr. Entity," for example) the Rotterdam-based multi-instrumentalist brings the same hybridized intensity to "Memories." Dedicated to his friends and family in Rotterdam, Mendes sings of that special kind of love in the arms of one's nearest and dearest over some bumping bass undertones and jazzy background vocals. Bouba Dola directed the video, which follow Mendes as he treads through the streets of Rotterdam while sweeping shots capture breathtaking views of the Netherlands' immense greenery and diverse landscape. In the last 30 seconds of the track Mendes drops some truth about the immigrant struggle and shows that everything is not all happy and green in his adopted home. Spitting some Cape Verdean creole-infused flows, Mendes speaks about the experience of those living in foreign places, yearning for the comfort of home while struggling to survive in their new environment. Watch the "Memories" video plus an acoustic performance of the song below. Caminho is available now on iTunes.

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Ayanda Jiya Shares Visuals for her Chart-Topping Single ‘The Sun’

Watch Ayanda Jiya's new music video for 'The Sun.'

Ayanda Jiya's latest single "The Sun" has been doing well on the charts. The song has been in the top 10 most played songs across all radio stations in South Africa. "The Sun" is from the R&B artist's debut album Ayandastand, which was released in August.

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Davido, Fabolous & Jeremih Connect For 'Choosy'

Watch the music video for their new single, shot in Cape Verde.

Fabolous drops his latest single and music video for "Choosy," a new song that sees him linking up with Nigerian star Davido and Jeremih.

The new track, which was produced by Hitmaka and Swiff D, is built on light guitars and afrobeats-inspired beatwork. which brings to mind past hits like "Unforgettable" and "2AM."

Jeremih kicks off "Choosy" and handles chorus duties, while Fabolous pops in-and-out with his verses. Davido comes in around the 3-minute mark of the video to deliver a romance-filled verse that interpolates his much-played opening line from "If."

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In Conversation: Lemn Sissay On His New Book About Re-claiming the Ethiopian Heritage Stolen From Him by England’s Foster Care System

In 'My Name Is Why,' the 2019 PEN Pinter award winner passionately advocates for children in the institutional care system, and in turn tells a unique story of identity and the power in discovering one's heritage.

It took the author Lemn Sissay almost two decades to learn his real name. As an Ethiopian child growing up in England's care system, his cultural identity was systematically stripped from him at an early age. "For the first 18 years of my life I thought that my name was Norman," Sissay tells OkayAfrica. "I didn't meet a person of color until I was 10 years of age. I didn't know a person of color until I was 16. I didn't know I was Ethiopian until I was 16 years of age. They stole the memory of me from me. That is a land grab, you know? That is post-colonial, hallucinatory madness."

Sissay was not alone in this experience. As he notes in his powerful new memoir My Name Is Why, during the 1960s, tens of thousands of children in the UK were taken from their parents under dubious circumstances and put up for adoption. Sometimes, these placements were a matter of need, but other times, as was the case with Sissay, it was a result of the system preying on vulnerable parents. His case records, which he obtained in 2015 after a hardfought 30 year campaign, show that his mother was a victim of child "harvesting," in which young, single women were often forced into giving their children up for adoption before being sent back to their native countries. She tried to regain custody of young Sissay, but was unsuccessful.

Whether they end up in the foster system out of need or by mistake, Sissay says that most institutionalized children face the same fate of abuse under an inadequate and mismanaged system that fails to recognize their full humanity. For black children who are sent to white homes, it often means detachment from a culturally-sensitive environment. "There are too many brilliant people that I know who have been adopted by white parents for me to say that it just doesn't work," says Sissay. "But the problem is the amount of children that it doesn't work for."

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Check out Cameroonian Crooner Vagabon’s New Ode to Female Power

The singer dropped a video for new single "Every Woman" today, shot by fellow Cameroonian director Lino Asana.

Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter Laetitia Tamko, better known as her stage name Vagabon, has been spoiling us with delights as of late. First, the crooner teased us with two singles, "Flood" and "Water Me Down" from her forthcoming sophomore album, Vagabon, a work she wrote and produced herself. And today, she surprised us with a new single and video for "Every Woman"—a track Tamko claims is the "thesis of the album," as per a press statement reported by The Fader magazine

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