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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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Somali Activist Ilwad Elman Wins Prestigious 2020 German Africa Prize

Somali activist Ilwad Elman is this year's winner of the German Africa Prize for her humanitarian work in rehabilitating child soldiers and sexual violence survivors.

Somali peace activist Ilwad Elman has reportedly won the coveted 2020 German Africa Prize for her continued humanitarian work in her homeland. According to DW, Elman received the award in person from German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas last night. Elman has received the award for her work with child soldiers and survivors of sexual violence in Somalia. The news comes as a welcomed reprieve for those in the African diaspora for whom Elman has been an advocate since the age of 17. The young peace and justice advocate took to Twitter to share the news.

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