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Zinoleesky and Naira Marley Drop New Single 'Caro' and Accompanying Visuals

Zinoleesky teams up with Naira Marley in this ode to beautiful women.

Zinoleesky has just dropped his debut track "Caro" under his new record label, Marlian Records.

He teams up with Naira Marley on the fun and upbeat ode to women and love while also dropping the accompanying visuals too.


Listen to "Caro" on Apple Music or Spotify.

In "Caro", the duo seamlessly feeds off of each other's energy as they rap about beautiful women, money and love. Produced by Rexxie, the track is a classic uptempo Afrobeat number with a pretty laid-back rhythm that makes the track itself an easy listen.

The accompanying visuals, produced by Naya, see both artists switching between scenes shot in a hotel room, on the road and even the supermarket. It's a fairly straightforward music video which allows Zinoleesky especially to take the lead and show off his raw talent.

Last year, Naira Marley announced that he was signing new talent to his record label, Marlian Records. The new cohort of artists included Cblvck who's gone on to feature on Naira Marley's 2019 EP Lord of Lamba, MohBad, Fabian Blu and Zinoleesky who became a social media sensation with his Yoruba raps.

Zinoleesky excitedly announced the news of his new record label deal saying, "I want to use the platform to announce my new record label called Marlian Records and it's for you all. Any of you that has talent can come through."

Watch the music video for "Caro" below:

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Watch Red Bull's 'Uncredited: The Story of Afro Dance' Documentary

Red Bull TV's Uncredited: The Story of Afro Dance tells a story of Africa's unsung dance heroes.


Red Bull TV recently unveiled Uncredited: The Story of Afro Dance, a film highlighting Nigeria's vibrant and influential dance scene. The story highlights backstories and performances from several renowned and upcoming artists, including Kafayat "Kaffy" Shafau, who was one of the pioneers of Nigeria's Afro Dance, and the influence that it had on the Nigerian music scene and in African pop culture in general.

The documentary does a deep dive into the rich history of Afro-dance and its heritage while highlighting how Afro-dance has influenced the arts globally.

Afrobeats has become a global phenomenon, which has influenced viral TikTok dance trends seen across the world. Although the work of Afro Dance innovators has significantly contributed to the success of global music hits, many of its originators have been unsung. This documentary gives viewers an opportunity to give the iconic dancers their flowers for their numerous contributions to African music and pop culture.

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Still from The Story of Afro Dance.

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In conjunction with the documentary's release, from December 8th through 10th, the world's most celebrated dancers – including Liberian-Korean dancer David "The Crown" Staler – will take center stage at the Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the event, over 30 countries will bring their best street dancers to the world's biggest street dance competition, which will welcome all street dance styles together, where they will showcase their creativity and expertise to impress the audience.

A segment of the documentary follows dancers to the national finals of the Red Bull Dance Your Style contest, which highlights the next generation of street dancers. Among them is Chibueze Blayke, who nearly gave up on a dance career, and members of Nigeria's viral Westsyde Lifestyle dance crew, BJ Miah and dancer Eromose-Ordia Tom-Tom.

While discussing the show, legendary Nigerian dancer Kaffy, known for her electric dance moves in a multitude of iconic music videos, said that the platform gave an excellent opportunity to rising talent. "I'm so happy when opportunities like this arrive," said Kaffy. "These young people are underserved with platforms, and that's what it is – it's just the beginning of unraveling greatness."

The Red Bull Dance Your Style World Final will stream live from Johannesburg on TikTok on Saturday, December 10, 2022.

Watch Uncredited: The Story of Afro Dance here

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Niger Singer Hamsou Garba Dies At 64

One of Niger's prominent musicians, Hamsou Garba, has died at the age of 64.


Hamsou Garba, the Maradi, Niger-born singer who had a successful career that spanned the course of three decades, recently died in a hospital in Niamey after battling a long-term illness. She was 64. The singer, who was called Niger's "music box", made a name for herself for her signature melodic singing in the indigenous language of Hausa. Throughout the long span of her career, the Niger legend led a band of women and men, singing in indigenous languages, making their mark on indigenous African music. The theme of her songs were primarily focused on love, religion, and social issues. As a testament to her activism, the singer was briefly jailed in 2016, after she criticized the government during a segment of her performance where she called the then-embattled opposition leader Hama Amadou "Niger's Mandela."

The singer spent 10 days in jail at the Niamey Prison in Niger. At that time, she was accused of inciting civil disobedience, and triggering unrest. During the course of her career, she also used her radio show to shine a light on the ongoing social issues in Niger's government. The tragic death of the legendary singer has been called a "national loss" by the national musician's union.

Garba's first completed album, Gargadi, was released in 2008, and it chronicled much of the themes she had become well-known and celebrated for. That album was quickly followed by Tout est possible, which she released in 2009. In 2011, she began working on two more albums, titled Les hommes de l’histoire and Aouran dollé.

Listen to one of her most recent songs "Andounia" below.

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Morocco Beats Spain To Advance To World Cup Quarter-Finals

The Atlas Lions keep Africa in the fight for victory, as their Spanish defeat leads them closer to the trophy.

Victory! This week, the world watched as North African nation Morocco beat legendary soccer greats Spain in their final Round 16 game in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament. The two soccer powerhouses stayed neck-and-neck throughout the 90-minute ball game, through two 15-minute extra time slots, before Morocco claimed their power in the 3-0 penalty kick out. The Atlas Lions put on a fierce fight from start to finish, and are now the continent's last chance at the trophy.

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Chance the Rapper Tells Us Why and How He’s Bringing a Festival to Ghana

The rapper details his and Vic Mensa’s vision for their upcoming art and music festival, Black Star Line, taking place in Accra.

American rapper Chancelor Bennet, better known as Chance The Rapper is widely known to be from Chicago, Illinois, aka the “Windy City,” but over the past few months he’s been connecting more and more with his West African roots. Chance is of Ghanaian descent, just like his close friend and fellow rapper Vic Mensa, and the duo made a series of trips to their homeland Ghana earlier this year. During one of those trips, a special idea was born: their very first event on the African continent. Called the Black Star Line Festival, it will be the first edition of an annual art and music festival the rappers plans on holding across the world.

The inaugural event will be held on January 6th, 2023, in the capital city of Accra, Ghana. So far Chance and Vic have announced Erykah Badu, T-Pain, Jeremih, Tobe Nwigwe, Sarkodie, M.anifest, the Asakaa Boys, and of course themselves as headliners. To top it all off, it’s a free event.

Sitting down with Chance the Rapper, he gives us a clear picture of what his vision for the Black Star Line Festival is: “It’s inspired by a number of things,” Chance tells OkayAfrica. “The Black Star Line was a shipping company started in 1919 by Marcus Garvey with the goal of creating a network for black people globally, starting with the US and the Islands and eventually going down to South America with the idea in mind of creating trade and relations with West Africa for black folks of the diaspora. I was really inspired by his work and some of the ideas and opinions that he had on us all being all one people. So when I came to Ghana for the first time in January I was already inspired by Marcus Garvey and Garveyism. I learned a little bit of family history regarding Garveyism and how it connected to their faith.”

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