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Ghanaian Afro Soul Singer Jeff Darko's Summer Style Guide To Barcelona

Ghanaian "afro soul" singer Jeff Darko shares his summer style guide to Barcelona in a series of photos shot exclusively for Okayafrica.

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The last time we spoke with Jeff Darko the Ghanaian-born "afro soul" singer-songwriter had just relocated to Barcelona. It was there that he crafted "Bystander," an affirming dance track with lyrics urging listeners to embrace their uniqueness. During our conversation, Darko mentioned the impact his new home was having on the music for his next project. "Moving to this artistic city has inspired my new sound," he told us at the time. "The streets are always lively here, which inspired me to use more live instruments in this new music."

This left us wondering how else Barcelona was inspiring the fashionable artist. Recently we asked Darko to share a few of his favorite summer looks in various locations around the city. We also got some tips on the best places to visit:

"One of my favorite spots in Barcelona has to be Rambla del Raval. It is renowned for the best vintage shops in the city. My friends Pepe Pardo and Gigi D'amico have the coolest shop around that area which I visit frequently called Holala! Ibiza. It's very crowded but since it's the heart of the city, you learn so much about the culture. For me, the options are endless in this area, you have the best tapas, art exhibitions, amazing bars and so much more. This is a spot I believe anyone visiting Barcelona should definitely check out, it's very entertaining and brings out the beautiful culture."

Above, Jeff Darko shares his summer style guide in a series of photos shot in Barcelona exclusively for Okayafrica. For more, check out our First Look Friday with the enigmatic crooner.

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Netflix Launches 'Netflix Naija' and Announces First Nigerian Original Series

Netflix is stepping up its game in Nigeria.

After much anticipation, Netflix has announced its presence in Nigeria.

Yesterday, the streaming giant, which had been procuring Nigerian content throughout much of last year after acquiring Genevieve Nnaji's Lionheart in 2018, announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a new Twitter account.

"N is for Naija. N is for Nollywood,"read the account's announcement tweet. "N is the 14th alphabet. 14 is also how many great talents you're looking at. N is for Netflix. But most importantly...hello, Nigeria!"

The tweet was shared along with a photo of some of the Nigerian film industry's most notable actors and filmmakers, including Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Kunle Folayan, Kemi Adetiba, Omoni Oboli as well as veteran actors Ramsey Nouah and Richard Mofe-Damijo and several others.

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Watch the Music Video for Rema's New Single 'Beamer (Bad Boys)'

The buzzing Nigerian artists shares a catchy new banger.

Buzzing Nigerian artist Rema shares his first single and music video of the year "Beamer (Bad Boys)."

The track is the first single since the release of his 2019 EP Bad Commando. Produced by Rvssianm, the song features a sultry, drum-heavy beat and a catchy hook in which a chorus of female voices sing of their love for "bad boys."

The steely music video features several love interests and flashy cars as Rema moves through the city on an undisclosed mission. The video features crisp, scenic shots directed by Fxrbes.

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South African Artist Mohau Modisakeng Makes Solo NYC Debut With 'A Promised Land'

The artist will present the video installation 'ZION' and other works centering on the "global history of displacement of Black communities" at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in Brooklyn.

Renowned South African visual artist Mohau Modisakeng presents A Promised Land, his latest solo exhibition, opening at Brooklyn's Jenkins Johnson Gallery this month. This marks the New York debut of Modisakeng's ZION video installation, based on the artists's 2017 performance art series by the same name. It originally debuted at the Performa Biennial.

"In ZION the artist deals with the relationship between body, place and the global history of displacement of Black communities," reads a press release. "There is an idea that all people are meant to belong somewhere, yet in reality there are millions of people who are unsettled, in search of refuge, migrating across borders and landscapes for various reasons."

In addition to the video, the show also features seven large-scale photographs that communicate themes of Black displacement. From 19th century Black settlements in New York City, which as the press release notes, were eradicated to clear space for the development of Central Park, to the scores of Africans who have faced conflict that has led them to life as refugees in foreign lands.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Tony Allen x Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Rema, Costa Titch x Riky Rick x AKA and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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