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Nigerian Artist Kah-Lo Teams Up With Diplo and Blond:ish On Festive New Track 'Give Dem'

The Grammy-nominated singer returns with another track "inspired by Christmas in Lagos."

Kah-Lo is back. The Grammy nominated singer and songwriter has linked up with Diplo and the Canadian producer duo Blond:ish for the pulsating new track "Give Dem."

The song is made for partying, with its uptempo production and sparse, but catchy lyrics. Kah-lo can be heard chanting "oya give dem" throughout the mostly instrumental 5-and-a-half minute track. The singer shared the new dance track on Twitter, sharing that it's inspired by the best time of year in Lagos. "Another one inspired by Christmas in Lagos and my squizod," she wrote.

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We spoke with Kah-Lo Kah-Lo back in 2017, following the news of her Grammy Nomination for Best Dance Performance for "Rinse and Repeat," which she told us was also inspired by Christmas in Lagos. "You know how Christmas in Lagos is," said the artist. "You wake up, you go to your party or your wedding, then you come back really late, and then you wake up and you do the same thing. You rinse and you repeat."

"Give Dem" gives off a similar feel and though we're still several months away the song has us prematurely excited for end-of-the-year celebrations.

Listen to the track below.

Diplo & Blond:ish - Give Dem (feat. Kah-lo) (Official Audio) youtu.be


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Black Women Are the Future of French Cinema—When Will Cannes Catch Up?

In this op-ed, OkayAfrica contributor Aude Konan reflects on the progression of diversity in French cinema a year after the Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier demonstration at Cannes Film Festival.

A year ago, 16 French actresses of African descent walked the red carpet at Cannes to talk about a new project they authored, Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier (Being Black Is Not My Job), where they shared their experiences with racism and sexism in the film industry.

In an era where the movements #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite gained global momentum and led to some change in the Academy Awards, it was a first considering that outside of Aissa Maïga, French actresses seldom get any visibility and speaking out against racism put them at risk of being blacklisted, like the actor Luc Saint Eloi's unfortunate experience 20 years ago.

The red carpet moment was generally well received in France and in the rest of the world, with the main actresses getting large media coverage with features in Le Monde, Le Figaro and even Vogue U.S. The presidents of the Cannes Film Festival welcomed the actresses. No promises were made by any of the gatekeepers in French cinema, but the actresses were hopeful.

Since the book's release, the actresses have been busy working, some of them lucky enough to be able to portray fully fledged characters, others being reduced to play the "black woman" stereotype over and over again. Recently, one of them, Karidja Touré, well known for being in the film Girlhood, mentioned that she was pretty good at mimicking an "African accent." Semantics aside—and the fact that there is no such a thing as an African accent, as Africa is still not a country—it is pretty revealing: despite the wonderful coverage these actresses had, has the movement contributed to any change?

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Akwaeke Emezi's 'Freshwater' Is Being Developed Into a Series for FX

The adaptation is in early development as the Nigerian author teams up with screenwriter and director Tamara P. Carter to bring 'Freshwater' to life.

Akwaeke Emezi's debut, Freshwater, took the literary world by storm when it was released just last year.

We can now anticipate seeing the book be brought to live for TV. Their autobiographical novel is now in the early stages of being developed into a series for FX, Variety reports.

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