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A New Burna Boy Song, 'Money Play,' Is Here

The African Giant blesses our ears with one more banger before the year comes to an end. Listen to it here.

With this holiday season underway, Burna Boy is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Nigeria's own released his newest track, "Money Play" on Christmas Eve—rightfully dubbing himself as "Santa Burna" on Twitter—the night before he shut down his sold-out concert in Lagos.


In "Money Play," produced by Mr. Kleb, Burna salutes and toasts himself leveling up to the affluent life in a mid-tempo vibe in line with his afrofusion sound that blew us away with his Grammy-nominated album, African Giant.

"I'm highlighting the importance of moving with the 'cheese' at all times," he says in a press release shared with Pitchfork. "'No dey carry money play' is a word of advice/stern warning to never lose the hustle mentality."

According to a thread of contextual tweets from BHQ Media, Burna also mentions in "Money Play" that those who try to compete "will only be chasing shadows as he now lives where money lives," while not failing to mention that it's a blessing to be one of influence. "His entrance into any gathering means the atmosphere will have a feel of good quality music that he is known for," BHQ Media continues.

The artwork for the single is also consistent with the visual rollout of the album, as Burna tapped artist Sajjad Mussa to translate his message through a gold and silver coin.

"[I] designed this with a heavy intention to create a coin that would pull from African embellishments and patterns not typically seen on coins," Mussa states on Instagram.

Listen to "Money Play" via Youtube, Apple Music and Spotify below.



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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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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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