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Ibaaku’s Afrofuturistic Opus ‘Alien Cartoon’ Breaks Boundaries

Senegalese artist Ibaaku introduces his “Afro-hypnotique expérimental” sound in new album 'Alien Cartoon'


Senegal’s Ibaaku describes his music as “Afro-hypnotique expérimental,” which is a pretty fair description of the wild sonic collages heard on his new album Alien Cartoon.

The 11-songs on the Dakar-based artist’s upcoming release through Akwaaba Music play like a haywire crossing of distorted bass, thumping hip-hop inspired breakbeats and Senegalese samples. It’s a sound that’s at the same time dizzying and completely hypnotizing.

Described as an “afrofuturistic opus” by the label, Alien Cartoon—which was originally written as the soundtrack for fashion designer Selly Raby Kane’s collection of the same name—is an avant-garde jewel.

Ibaaku’s “music owes to Dakar's buzzing and sprawling urbanism, home to his recording studio, as much as it does to Casamance's green stretches and to Sardinia's rugged landscapes, where he likes to retreat, getting lost to better find himself,” a label statement reads.

Hear our premiere of Ibaaku’s “Yang Fogoye” above and watch the video for “Djula Dance” below. Alien Cartoon is out January 26 on Akwaaba.

Update January 26, 2016: Ibaaku's Alien Cartoon is out today on Akwaaba Music.

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"He had police friends so I couldn't even report the abuse": How South Africa's War on Women Impacted Me

A South African woman shares her story of gender-based violence in the hopes of helping other women.

South Africa's gender-based violence, especially rape and femicide, is a national crisis. The past week has seen women marching to bring about a solution to the widespread epidemic. The following is one South African woman's account of gender-based violence at the hands of her partner and what led her to eventually leave him.

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Stonebwoy and Teni Link Up for New Single 'Ololo'

A fire collaboration!

Ghanaian rapper Stonebwoy enlists Nigerian artist Teni the Entertainer for his latest single 'Ololo,' his latest since dropping "Tuff Seed" earlier this summer.

The duo shine as they exchange loving lyrics atop sultry, upbeat production by Prinx Pappi. Stonebwoy opens the track with a fiery verse about giving his all to a love interest, while Teni brings the her usual high-energy to the second verse as she delivers passionate lyrics directed at a lover. Their musical chemistry, making for a catchy jam-worthy track.

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Watch the Video for Wizkid's New Single 'Ghetto Love'

The dancehall-inspired track is the perfect way to usher in the weekend.

While Wizkid has stayed relevant throughout the year by jumping onto a number of massive tracks including "Brown Skin Girl" with Beyoncé, "I like" with Kojo Funds and "Dis Love" with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage, he's finally dropped an official single along with the music video for this year. After teasing fans that he'd drop the anticipated "Joro", the artist has switched things up and instead brought us "Ghetto Love" ahead of his upcoming album. If you ask us, it's definitely a banger.

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South African Women are Protesting Against Gender-based Violence at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

"It cannot be business as usual," they demand.

South African women have had enough. After a week that saw several young women raped and murdered with numerous others reported missing, they've taken to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) building in Sandton, the major business hub of Johannesburg, to protest against the continued gender-based violence in the country. Women's rights activists from various organizations, including amandla.mobi and ActionAid as well as several other civil society groups and trade unions, are currently on the ground and waiting to hand over their memorandum of demands to JSE CEO, Nicky Newton-King, News24 reports.

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