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Jay Z's 'Discovering New Talent' In Nigeria

Jay Z confirms that he's sent his cousin and Roc Nation director of mobile strategies to scout for 'new talent' in Nigeria.

Yesterday afternoon Jay Z took to his twitter to defend the status and building process of his new streaming service Tidal, which launched last month. In between a string of #TidalFacts that focused on the company's long-term goals, Mr. Carter revealed that his cousin's "just moved to Nigeria to discover new talent." Several outlets have noted that the cousin Jay refers to is Briant “Bee-High” Biggs, Roc Nation's current director of mobile strategies. Instagram shows that he's been hanging out at Mavin Records' headquarters, where he's met label songstress Di'Ja and presumably other artists. It makes sense now that fellow Roc Nation signee Jay Electronica is currently in Nigeria as well. We know Jay Z's already met Ice Prince. Who else do you think he's scouting for Roc Nation?


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Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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