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Just A Band's Blinky Bill & Russian Producer Mitya Burmistrov's 'Raindrop'

Kenya's Just A Band frontman Blinky Bill teams up with Russian producer Mitya Burmistrov on 'Raindrop' featuring Malabika.


Over the years Kenya's Just A Band have undoubtedly cemented a spot in any Okayafrica playlist. And while it's been some time since their last studio effort Sorry For The Delay (2012), frontman Blinky Bill recently came through with some surprise tricks of his own, a somber electro-cloudy collaboration with Russian producer Mitya Burmistrov (and also featuring Malabika). We asked Bill to shed light on how the new "Raindrop" track came about. "Me and Mitya are good friends, we met in the States during OneBeat for which we both involved in," explains Bill. OneBeat, which Bill took part in back in 2013 along with BLK JKS' Mpumi Mcata, is a one-month project that brings musicians from across the globe to the U.S. to collaborate, produce and perform original tracks. It was a last year's OneBeat in Florida that Bill and Mitya formed a project, which they gave the working title of "Sexy Helicopters" (though the name could change), and recorded their first track together in September. According to Bill, they have plans to release more tracks soon and are looking to shoot a video for "Raindrop." They're also hoping to put an EP out this year. And as for Just A Band, "JAB is busy as well, working on some new videos from Sorry for the Delay as we also prepare some new music in studio and hop on tour," says Bill. Until then, listen to Kenyan/Russian powerhouse collab "Raindrop" below.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

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