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Kung Fu x Breakdancing + Raps = meet Akim Funk Buddha


The list of accomplishments that Akim Funk Buddha, the Zimbabwe-raised entertainer, has built up over the years is mind-boggling: a Fringe NYC Outstanding Choreography Award; appearances on Letterman and Sesame Street; and choreography, direction and production credits for handfuls of national tours, residencies and one-offs. No list, it seems, could be much longer - but then one realizes that all those accomplishments are the products of his vast array of talents, including everything from break dancing to rapping (together, he and his brother claim to be one of the first African hip-hop groups to release an EP in the United States) to drumming to Mongolian throat singing to Shaolin Kung-Fu to acro-aerial dancing to, yes, you guessed it, human statue and body balancing.  Watch his reel above for a sense of the man's many talents, then follow me after the jump for more.

In performance, Akim and his cast members combine these talents to engage narratives in ways that other, more single-minded shows, simply cannot, and that no audience has ever seen before. Indeed, like most good art, you just have to see it to believe. Luckily, he’s got a few performances coming up, including an August 9th show in Massachusetts (click here for details).

To get even more of a feel for what exactly goes down at Akim's shows, take a look at this video from his "Hip Hop Holiday" Show.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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