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Watch Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best & Beatenberg’s New Video for ‘Wona’

The new visual for "Wona" follows the artists across South Africa, Senegal, Malawi, the United States, London and Margate, Kent.

Mumford & Sons are sharing the latest visual from their Johannesburg EP, a collaboration with Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Cape Town outfit Beatenberg for which we just hosted the NYC pop-up exhibitions at Okay Space last week.


The new music video for “Wona,” the second official clip from Johannesburg, follows all the mini-album collaborators to stadiums and beaches across South Africa, Senegal, Malawi, the United States, London and Margate, Kent.

While it's Beatenberg's singer who holds down the main vocal parts, Baaba Maal steals the show here when he comes in around the 1:30 minute mark.

In an interview with Okayafrica about the EP, Marcus Mumford said of the song:

“’Wona’ came about from us getting to Cape Town, picking up some instruments together. And then starting to write. And Matt [from Beatenberg] came over to my hotel, and we wrote some lyrics and some chords together, some ideas we both had. And then we took it to the lads in Joburg and we played it for them, and it became a thing.”

Watch the video for “Wona” above. Johannesburg is available now.

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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