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New Sounds Of Africa: Rina Mushonga

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New Sounds Of Africa is a new weekly series where we introduce need-to-know artists from the continent and the diaspora. In our second installment we feature Rina Mushonga, an Indian-born Zimbabwean/Dutch singer that has potential to be an international household name with her incredible rich and powerful sound.  Her vocal feel and talent is reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, but with a soulful rock influence and refreshing flow.  She convincingly belts out lyrics with a nice control of low ranges but really grabs ya when she goes up higher.  The notes float out the back of her throat and embrace you. Check out her tribute to Portishead's "Glory Box" above.

Listen to Rina's popular single "All My Ships" below and look out for the full album of the same title in May 2012.

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Listen to Berri's Infectious Afropop Single 'Fire'

The emerging singer makes a confident debut.

Emerging singer and Big Brother Records artist Berri, real name Agada Blessed, kickstarts his foray into the Nigerian music space with his debut single "Fire."

Produced by Dir. X, the mid-tempo tune sees Berri make a bold statement that he's here to stay, and that nobody can kill the "Fire" within him to make great music. Berri poured his whole heart out on this inaugural track, connecting and creating dope musical chemistry with the producer.

At just 16-years-old, Berri's debut comes at a time when young artists in Nigeria are becoming a great force to reckon with. As he joins that league, the multi-talented singer has started on a great note with "Fire." He sings "oil dey my head" over the mid-tempo pop beat, a bold declaration of his unwavering belief in himself.

Stream "Fire," available for streaming and download on all digital stores worldwide.

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