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Maleek Berry's TEDx Talk Is Much Needed Monday Motivation

Renowned afrobeats producer Maleek Berry's TEDxPeckham talk gives us a chance to get to know him as he talks about how he followed his dreams.

Maleek Berry lets his music speak for itself. It's been cool to see his transition from being a top-notch producer to a well-rounded artist who stays true to his own sound. He recently gave a talk on TEDxPeckham's stage, where we got to know his story—which we don't get the opportunity to hear that often from stars.


His talk gives us a scope of how he built his music vocabulary, like how he grew up listening to Michael Jackson as a kid when living in Kaduna, Nigeria, to being introduced fuji music when he moved to Lagos and eventually being exposed to bashment, dancehall and UK garage when he lived in South London during his college and university years.

He also shares how he came into his own and how he finds comfort in his identity as a Nigerian and as an African who is resilient in his pursuit of purpose.

"When you find your truth, you're halfway there," he emphasizes. "Vision is more important than sight, and do not rush the process."

Watch his full TEDx talk to get motivated this Monday below.

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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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