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Video: Nneka 'Valley'

Nigerian singer Nneka drops a black-and-white music video for "Valley."


Nigerian singer Nneka delivers a black-and-white music video for "Valley," the reflective ballad off her solid Soul Is Heavy album from last year. The clip, directed by Antonio Navarro — who also did the videos for "Soul Is Heavy," "Stay" and "My Home" (Alernate Video) — chronicles the Nigerian singer's life on the road, spliced-up with live performance shots. Watch the video for "Valley" below.

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Watch Blinky Bill, Nneka & Osborne Macharia's Afrofuturist Video For 'No Touch Am'

The video tells the story of 3 Hausa herbal men and animal charmers from the Northern State of Katsina in Nigeria, turned stylish protectors of the forest.

Last year Blinky Bill (formerly from Just A Band) released his first solo EP, We Cut Keys While You Wait, to much acclaim.

Now the Kenyan beat maker is back and giving us a taste of what's to come in his greatly anticipated, forthcoming debut solo album, Everyone's Just Winging It and Other Fly Tales.

Directed by Osborne Macharia and Andrew Mageto, his new video for "No Touch Am" featuring German-Nigerian singer Nneka is a visual delight. Macharia is a Kenyan photographer whose popular personal projects portray Kenyan women in powerful positions.

"The video tells the story of 3 Hausa herbal men and animal charmers from the Northern State of Katsina in Nigeria, turned stylish protectors of the forest," Blinky Bill writes in an e-mail to OkayAfrica.

"The wild animals they once domesticated and used as domestic pets (a tradition passes down from their ancestors) are now expert trackers. Now both man and beast roam the forests at night seeking out illegal firewood harvesters while protecting indigenous flora."

Check out the video below.

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Les Amazones d’Afrique, a Supergroup For Female Empowerment

The all-female supergroup Les Amazones d'Afrique's new album, 'République Amazon,' is a message of charity, power and unbridled femininity.

One of year’s most moving and socially-charged records comes from the all-female supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique.

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The 20 Best Ghanaian Songs of 2019

Featuring Pappy Kojo, Sarkodie, Amaarae, Kwesi Arthur, Shatta Wale, Efya GuiltyBeatz, Joey B, R2Bees and many more.

2019 was definitely an exciting year for Ghanaian music.

Right from the top of the year, we saw both new and established make their mark with songs that would soundtrack the nation's airwaves, functions, and nights for months to come. In 2019 we got to experience an E.L comeback, Shatta Wale and Beyoncé on the same song, numerous solid Ghana-Naija collaborations, and bop after bop by old and new artists alike.

We also saw the rise of brand new artists, starting from the likes of J.Derobie's wave making debut in January, to Kofi Mole's widespread trap anthem, to Fameye's declaration of brokeness, to the promising future superstar Sam Opoku. As far as projects go, 2019 was a good year for that in the Ghana music space as well. We were blessed with an EP from Sarkodie, an album by the superstar duo R2Bees, talented singer King Promise's debut album, Ko-Jo Cue's stellar debut, and M.anifest's 7-track feel-good EP, among several others.

Ghanaian music has been stepping its game up lately, and there's only one way to go from here. Below, we give you the rundown on the Ghanaian songs that stole ears and hearts and set the pace for the country's sound this year.

Check out the list below. Listen in no particular order.—Nnamdi Okirike

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Cynthia Erivo Earns Golden Globe Nomination for 'Harriet'

Check out the full list of 2020 nominees (and the snubs).

Award-winning actress, Cynthia Erivo has earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman in Harriet. She's earned a nomination for Best Original Song for 'Stand Up."

She's nominated in the "Best Performance by an Actress In a Motion Picture—Drama" alongside Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Renée Zellwegger and Saoirse Ronan.

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