Video

MHD Drops His Vibrant Visuals for 'A Kele N'ta'

Take a look at the beautifully shot Dakar music video, where MHD wishes his married friend well in 'A Kele N'ta.'

Guinean and Senegalese Afro-Trap rapper MHD invites you to celebrate his friend’s wedding in the music video for “A Kele N’ta”—produced by Ken & Ryu.


In the festive song, the artist speaks to a close friend preparing to get married. He joyously expresses himself and asks that the union last.

Mon ami a nkele n’tathe focal point of the song—directly translates to, “My friend has chosen only her.” MHD writes the track keeping the marriage of a friend that recently took place and the future marriages of his other friends in mind.

The visuals shot in Dakar, Senegal are filled with beautiful imagery. It opens with children playing on a beach and transitions to a wall of posters where we see Papa Wemba, Salif Keita, Martin Luther King Jr., Tupac and Youssou N’dour. Homage is paid to the greats that have come before and paved the way for MHD.  

We follow him as he joins friends and family on the wedding day. The bridal party dons a gorgeous blend of African prints. The bride is motioned off into a decorative and vibrant truck on which Société Musulman, Muslim Society, and Moula Gang, MHD’s team, are written. The power in the words above cannot be missed. The video culminates in a wedding scene full of happiness and dance.

MHD takes his viewers to the African bled, or hood, and reminds them of the importance his heritage and friendship plays in his music. Watch the video above and have a listen to his debut album here.

Audrey Lang is an alumna of Northeastern University and a Boston-based site merchandiser. A surveyor of life who’s enamored with all things fashion, art and Africa, keep up with her on Instagram and Tumblr.

Popular
Photo by KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Image

#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

How CKay's 'Love Nwantiti' Became the World's Song

Nigerian singer and producer CKay talks to OkayAfrica about the rise of his international chart-topping single "Love Nwantiti," his genre-defying sound and the reasons behind this era of afrobeats dominance.