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Niniola Brings Africa To The World With New Album 'Colours and Sounds'

The songstress is joined by heavyweights Timbaland, Afro B and Femi Kuti on her tour of Africa's dance sounds.

Nigerian Queen of Afro-House Niniola is back with a bang and a new album titled, "Colours and Sounds".

With this being only her second album release, Niniola is surely set out to take over the world. And with endorsements from the likes of legendary American singer Beyoncé and rap superstar Drake, she is sure to succeed. And while the international hype is welcomed, it's clear to see that the Nigerian powerhouse is here to show off the multitude of talent and beauty that Africa and it's music scene has to offer.

The album, co-produced by musical genius Timbaland, Sarz ( a long time contributor of Niniola's), Nigerian beatmakers Kel-P and Nonso Amadi, Jamaica's Teflon Zincfence and Shuffle Muzik, hailing from South Africa, features too many big names to focus. With Ninola's combining of the essence of South Africa's Amapiano, Jamaican dancehall, and of course, traditional afro-beat elements, it's not surprising to understand why or how.

Collaborations include Nigerian icon Femi Kute, South Africa's qgom queen Busiswa, Kenyan quarted Sauti Sol, and so many more.

With so many cooks in the kitchen, one might think that an artists' voice may get lost among them, but Niniola stands strong and true to herself and voice. Of the album she says, "My music is colourful, and vibrant -- it's travelled across borders and it's being played by different ethnicities, whether Black or white. Even though my root genre is Afro-House, I can do it all -- R&B, pop, folk. I am a [woman] of many Colours and Sounds."


Check out Niniola's music video for "Look Like Me Here" off of her new album "Colours and Sounds" here.

NINIOLA - LOOK LIKE ME (OFFICIAL VIDEO) www.youtube.com

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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