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K.O, J’Something, Msaki and Q Twins Encourage Optimism in New Single ‘Rainbow’

Stream "Rainbow" by K.O, J'Something, Msaki and Q Twins.

It's inevitable. During a crisis (such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic), there will always be a response from musicians in the form of collaborative songs à la "We are the World."

A diverse combination of South African artists—K.O, J'Something (MiCasa), Msaki and Q Twins—were gathered by Capitec Bank for the hopeful single "Rainbow." In the song, the artists encourage optimism. Sings J'Something on the chorus, "Don't you forget that blue sky, that rainbow when it's over, don't you forget it, no."


K.O who was the lead producer on the project, said that he's found hope in the way South Africans have come together. "It's been amazing to hear everyone clapping at night to thank our phenomenal health professionals," said K.O. "Now, imagine if we all raise our voices to sing together too? Our streets may be empty, but it's still possible for us to connect in very special ways. We hope that this song does exactly what it's intended to do – inspire hope during a time when many might be concerned about their mental health and wellbeing."

He concluded by sharing a two-fold message of hope for the country: "Firstly, I hope that we can shake off the ignorance – we are dealing with a real situation and a real social ill. This is serious. Stay home. And secondly, staying home doesn't mean sitting around. Consider this time as your second chance at fine-tuning that New Year's resolution you came into this decade with. Post the lockdown, we're technically starting 2020 afresh! Be ready!"

Stream "Rainbow" on Apple Music, Spotify and other platforms.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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