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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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From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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