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Koko Clay Shares a Bittersweet Love Song to Her Congolese Heritage

The self-proclaimed "Nubian Disco Queen" premieres her new single "Motherland."

In her latest offering, the London-based artist explores her Congolese heritage over an addictive electro-R&B beat.

Koko Clay is a London-based artist of Congolese roots who stands out with an inventive sound that blends futuristic soul, retro pop and funk influences.

Originally from France, Koko made waves in the Parisian scene before moving to London to pursue her music career full time.

The self-proclaimed "Nubian Disco Queen" returns with a brand new single titled "Motherland" – a bittersweet love letter to her Congolese heritage. Full of unpredictable twists and turns, the song is a deftly-produced mix of stylish pop, afrobeats, house and gospel inspirations


"The song is a fictitious yet, realistic tale of a woman, who grew up in the streets of Kinshasa, the Congolese capital, in contrast to my own personal experience as a woman of Congolese descent, who grew up in France, proud of my roots and heritage," Koko Clay tellsOkayAfrica.

"Motherland" also shows off Koko's prowess as a fierce triple threat that writes, produces and sings all her music. With its hard-hitting beat and passionately-sung lyrics, this song is enough for repeated listens.

Listen to our premiere of "Motherland" by Koko Clay below.


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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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