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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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Join us for a special night of culture and sounds curated and hosted by OkayAfrica at Lot 45 in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

An OkayAfrica Party will feature the sounds of standout afrobeat selector DJ YB, NYC-based South African-Guinean DJ AQ and EPM.

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An OkayAfrica Party

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Watch Stonebwoy's New Video For 'Tuff Seed'

"People have to realize that they have to be mentally strong and they have to know that they are seeds."

Stonebwoy comes through with the new single, "Tuff Seed."

The uplifting Streetbeatz-produced single sees the Ghanaian star singing about remaining tough and strong when facing life's issues. The accompanying music video for "Tuff Seed" was directed Adasa Cookey.

Stonebwoy recently stopped by Ebro Darden Apple Music Beats 1 radio show to talk about the new single. During that interview he also revealed that he has a new album coming in 2020.

"This story is an emotional one to me with everything that has been happening. I sat back and I got this inspiration," Stonebwoy mentioned in that interview. "People have to realize that they have to be mentally strong and they have to know that they are seeds. No matter what people do to them, or what they go through, they have to get down there, they have to be buried to grow into trees to grow fruit. This is a very inspirational song."

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Image courtesy of ROK Studios.

CANAL+ Group Has Acquired Top Nollywood Studio ROK To Boost Original Content Development

This a huge feat for the 4-year-old Nigerian start-up.

ROK, Africa's leading film studio and international TV network, has been acquired by top French film and television studio, CANAL+ Group, for an undisclosed amount to boost original content development.

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