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Juls Explores a New Sound in 'Normal' Featuring Kojey Radical

The producer takes a step away from afrobeats in this new single and video.

Juls has constantly been on rotation for years for his own hits as well as productions alongside Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Wande Coal which, as we wrote last year when he released Leap of Faith, have put him at the forefront of the afrobeats movement.

The British-Ghanaian producer is now sharing "Normal," the first taste of his upcoming album. The song sees Juls making a clear departure from the afrobeats grooves we're accustomed to hearing from him, exchanging them for a darker UK grime-influenced production. And it definitely works.

"I don't want to be the go-to guy when you just want afrobeats," Juls told The FADER. "I grew up listening to a lot of music. With this project that I'm working on, I want to show different elements of what I'm doing."

The single also features some heavy bars from London-based artist Kojey Radical, who we named one of our 10 UK Acts to Watch last year.

Watch the new music video for "Normal," which was directed by Juls himself, below.


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Watch the Ethereal Music Video for Juls' 'Maayaa' Featuring Santi & Tiggs Da Author

The video is a stunning ode to black women.

Last month, Ghanaian producer Juls teamed up with Nigerian alté star Santi and Tanzanian musician Tiggs Da Author for the sultry love song "Maayaa." Now the artist has shared the music video for the standout track.

The song features mellow verses from both Santi and Tiggs Da Author as they sing about a woman who has captivated their hearts. "Oh Maayaa, you're the fuel to me fire," sings Tiggs on the track's chorus. The string-filled song has an old-school highlife feel—a sound that the celebrated producer is known to experiment with.

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Watch Juls & Wande Coal's New Video For 'Sister Girl'

A dance visual for the Afro-house inspired track.

Juls and Wande Coal follow-up their last great collaboration, "So Mi So," with this new single, "Sister Girl."

The new track sees Wande Coal singing about "a cheeky woman who does anything in her power to get what she wants and live a very lavish lifestyle," a statement from the artists' reads.

The Nigerian artist is backed by Juls' equally-lavish blend of afrobeats elements with a South African-house inspired beat.

"Sister girl was made in literally 5 minutes after we had waakye (a Ghanaian rice dish)," mentions Juls. "I had already laced the drums and melody and Wande caught a vibe immediately. This was actually supposed to come out before "So Mi So" but I wanted more time. I wanted to channel an Afro-House sound with the song and make it more instrumental with minimal lyrics."

Get into "Sister Girl" below.

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Stormzy performs during The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) via Getty Images.

Watch Stormzy's Powerful BRIT Awards Performance Featuring Burna Boy

The night saw the British-Ghanaian star run through a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head.

The BRIT Awards 2020, which went down earlier this week, saw the likes of Stormzy take home the Best Male trophy home and Dave win Best Album.

The night also saw Stormzy deliver a stunning performance that featured a medley of songs from his latest album, Heavy Is the Head. The British-Ghanaian star started things out slow with "Don't Forget to Breathe," before popping things off with "Do Better" then turning up the heat with "Wiley Flow."

Stormzy nodded to J Hus, playing a short bit of "Fortune Teller," before being joined onstage by Nigeria's Burna Boy to perform their hit "Own It." Burna Boy got his own moment and performed an energetic rendition of his African Giant favorite "Anybody."

The night was closed off with a powerful message that read: "A lot of time they tell us 'Black people, we too loud.' Know what I'm sayin'? We need to turn it down a little bit. We seem too arrogant. We a little too much for them to handle. Black is beautiful man." The message flashed on a black screen before a moving performance of "Rainfall" backed by his posse.

Watch the full performance below.

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The ornate gilded copper headgear, which features images of Jesus Christ and the Twelve Apostles, was unearthed after refugee-turned-Dutch-citizen Sirak Asfaw contacted Dutch 'art detective' Arthur Brand. (Photo by Jan HENNOP/AFP) (Photo by JAN HENNOP/AFP via Getty Images)

A Stolen 18th Century Ethiopian Crown Has Been Returned from The Netherlands

The crown had been hidden in a Dutch apartment for 20 years.

In one of the latest developments around art repatriation, a stolen 18th century Ethiopian crown that was discovered decades ago in the Netherlands, has been sent back home.

Sirak Asfaw, an Ethiopian who fled to The Netherlands in the '70s, first found the relic in the suitcase of a visitor in 1998, reports BBC Africa. He reportedly protected the item for two decades, before informing Dutch "art crime investigator" Arthur Brand and authorities about his discovery last year.

The crown is one of only 20 in existence and features intricate Biblical depictions of Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. Historians believe it was given to the church by the warlord Welde Sellase several centuries ago.

Read: Bringing African Artifacts Home

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