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Watch Lazarus' New Music Video For 'Moyo Wanga'

"This song talks about my life and my struggle, the dangers and discrimination I've faced because I have albinism. Now I have an opportunity to fight for the survival of my people," says Lazarus.

Lazarus is a rising artist from Malawi who's fighting for social change for people with albinism in his country, and across Africa.

He just released his debut album, Stomp On The Devil, which blends traditional Malawian styles with modern folk, all shaped by Lazarus' past as a street musician.

The 11-song record was produced by Johan Hugo, who you may know from his work with The Very Best, Baaba Maal, and Mumford & Sons, and was recorded outside Lazarus' house to better capture the sound of the streets of Malawi.

As a person with albinism, Lazarus suffers a lot of senseless persecution in Malawi, an issue that's at the focus of the short documentary, Lazarus, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Today we're premiering the new music video for "Moyo Wanga" released alongside Extinction Rebellion. The video, directed by Johan Hugo, follows Lazarus as he performs at home in Malawi, as well as across New York City, through rotoscoped footage.

It features cameos from Leonardo DiCaprio, Mumford & Sons, David Arquette, Bon Iver, The National, Banning Eyre, and more.


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"I wrote this song with my little brother Petulo when we had a band in the village about 15 years ago," Lazarus tells OkayAfrica. "Petulo also had albinism. Unfortunately he died from skin cancer and I moved to Lilongwe to try to make a living from busking. This song talks about my life and my struggle, the dangers and discrimination I've faced because I have albinism.Now i have an opportunity to fight for the survival of my people with albinism. We need to stop the hunting and killings of people with albinism now."

"Extinction Rebellion is fighting for the survival of our planet and all life," he continues, "Malawi has seen too much flooding and drought from global warming in recent years, and the danger we're facing with global warming is now jeopardizing the survival of my people in Malawi. we need to do big changes in the world to stop this climate emergency now too."

Watch the new music video for "Moyo Wanga" above and find out more about Lazarus here.

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Watch Simi's Beautiful Music Video For 'Selense'

Premiere: Simi shares the upbeat new video for "Selense," a song about time which draws inspiration from classic highlife.

Nigeria's Simi comes through with the new music video for her recent single, "Selense."

The song, which sees her sing about using your time and years on this earth preciously, gets a beautiful new video that follows Simi's verses about different characters who may or may not be spending their hours in the best way.

The upbeat new music video, which was directed by Adasa Cookey, is getting premiered here on OkayAfrica today.

"'Selense' is a song about time," Simi tells OkayAfrica. "The song draws inspiration from classic African highlife. A timeless classic that is perfect for all seasons."

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Ghana Meets UK Bass In Bryte's New 'Ice Cream' Music Video

PREMIERE: Ghanaian artist Bryte connects with Korean afrobeats dancers for this Seoul-shot video.

Accra-based vocalist Bryte goes in over some haywire electronic beat work in his new single "Ice Cream."

The new track sees Bryte linking up with frequent collaborator Mina and Tarquin for a booming production that marries his Ghanaian style with production that straddles UK bass, funky, grime and techno.

Today, we're premiering the new music video for "Ice Cream," which follows Bryte and a crew of dancers across Seoul.

"We had so much fun running around the streets of Hongdae with Korean afrobeats dancers exploring the markets and different varieties of ice cream unique to Seoul," Bryte tells OkayAfrica.

That cross-pollination of styles can be heard in Bryte's debut album, Too Good For Your Liking, which also saw him collaborate with a solid roster of producers like Gafacci, Max Le Daron, and The Busy Twist.

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The 20 Best Ghanaian Songs of 2019

Featuring Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, Amaarae, Kwesi Arthur, Shatta Wale, Efya GuiltyBeatz, Joey B, R2Bees and many more.

2019 was definitely an exciting year for Ghanaian music.

Right from the top of the year, we saw both new and established make their mark with songs that would soundtrack the nation's airwaves, functions, and nights for months to come. In 2019 we got to experience an E.L comeback, Shatta Wale and Beyoncé on the same song, numerous solid Ghana-Naija collaborations, and bop after bop by old and new artists alike.

We also saw the rise of brand new artists, starting from the likes of J.Derobie's wave making debut in January, to Kofi Mole's widespread trap anthem, to Fameye's declaration of brokeness, to the promising future superstar Sam Opoku. As far as projects go, 2019 was a good year for that in the Ghana music space as well. We were blessed with an EP from Sarkodie, an album by the superstar duo R2Bees, talented singer King Promise's debut album, Ko-Jo Cue's stellar debut, and M.anifest's 7-track feel-good EP, among several others.

Ghanaian music has been stepping its game up lately, and there's only one way to go from here. Below, we give you the rundown on the Ghanaian songs that stole ears and hearts and set the pace for the country's sound this year.

Check out the list below. Listen in no particular order.—Nnamdi Okirike

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Cynthia Erivo Earns Golden Globe Nomination for 'Harriet'

Check out the full list of 2020 nominees (and the snubs).

Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman in Harriet. She's earned a nomination for Best Original Song for 'Stand Up."

She's nominated in the "Best Performance by an Actress In a Motion Picture—Drama" alongside Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellwegger and Saoirse Ronan.

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