Video

Nomisupasta's No-Nonsense Love Song 'Maybe I'

South African singer/songwriter Nomisupasta released the visuals for her track "Maybe I" off her soon to be released self-titled album.


South African neo-soul songstress Nomsa Mazwai aka Nomisupasta comes out with visuals for her jazz-influenced, pro-love song “Maybe I.” Featured on her 2010 self-titled EP, the track asks why people must play coy when it comes to matters of the heart instead of allowing themselves to fall hard for someone, sans the silly games and cryptic strategies. The Frank Jerky-directed video is a part of the South African Music Award winner's preparations for the release of her first full length album Nomisupasta, a project that builds upon her 2010 offering of the same name with some new material, including a collaboration with fellow South African and house DJ/producer Black Coffee. Filmed in New York, the "Maybe I" video is a visual menagerie, shots cutting between a variety of dark scenes as Nomisupasta sings about her "non-traditional," direct philosophy on love. One second bare-chested men kneel before the singer as she sits upon a thrown, the next instance, neon paint-clad bodies dance in the dark to the 37 Mph-produced beat. Watch Nomisupata's "Maybe I" video below and look out for her album out August 20, available for pre-order now.

popular

Black Coffee's Appearance on 'The Daily Show' With Trevor Noah Has South Africans Celebrating

In the interview, the celebrated artist discusses bringing the sounds of South Africa to the world and his dreams for the continent.

It was a truly South African affair on Tuesday when veteran hitmaker Black Coffee appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

The fellow South African stars shared mutual respect for one another throughout the 7-minute interview. "You have taken the world by storm," Noah said of Black Coffee's career, to which the artist responds, "doesn't it sound like your story?"

Black Coffee expanded on the reasons that he's always stay closed to his South African musical roots rather than trying to imitate popular American or European forms of house music. "What set Black Coffee apart for me, was that you made music of Africa, and the world fell in love with that," says Noah.

He also spoke about the building of a new school and neighborhood in his hometown of Johannesburg, and his mission to transform perceptions of the continent. "We always see Africa as an inferior place, all the best things were on TV, It took away so much from the continent and we're trying to reverse that and create a space in Africa that will inspire africans to want to stay and create a future," says the artist.

Noah later asked the artist to speak about his "Africa is Not a Jungle" initiative—which will provide a platform for African artists through curated shows—and share what he hopes to achieve with his music on a global scale.

Keep reading... Show less
popular

Watch Black Coffee Speak Working with Usher, Fake News and Upcoming Album with Zane Lowe on Beats 1

Black Coffee shares some good news and condemns fake news about xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Black Coffee released a new single yesterday titled "LaLaLa" and featuring Usher. More about that here.

Amidst the hype generated by the single, Black Coffee just did an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music's Beats 1 in which he spoke about the collaboration. "Since I was a kid," said Black Coffee, "Usher was a big star. But it's beyond that, he's one of the most talented people that I've always wanted to work with and what was even better was meeting him. He's one of the coolest people."

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Still from Burna Boy's Tiny Desk concert video via NPR.

Watch Burna Boy's Mellowed-Out 'Tiny Desk' Concert

Watch the 'African Giant' run through some of his hits like 'Gbona,' 'Ye' and more for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Burna Boy is the latest artist to grace NPR's famous Tiny Desk.

The Nigerian "afrofusion" star took to the set for a mellowed out performance of four of his biggest tracks. Getting straight to business, the artist opened his set with a toned down rendition of his single "Gbona" before heading into the socially-aware "Wetin Man Go Do." It's much calmer of a performance than we're used to seeing from the artist.

Next he performs a funky version of "Dangote," before rounding his set out with his magnum opus of sorts "Ye." He's backed by the band The Outsiders and vocalist Christina Matovu throughout.

Burna Boy has had a stellar year, releasing his seminal album African Giant, performing at Coachella and winning several awards—including 'Best African Act' at the BET Awards—in the process.

Check out his full Tiny Desk performance below, and revisit a recent Tiny Desk performance from British-Nigerian rapper Dave from last week and check out Burna Boy's okay acoustics performance of 'Anybody' from August.

Keep reading... Show less
popular
Simi in "Selense" (Youtube)

Watch Simi's Beautiful Music Video For 'Selense'

Premiere: Simi shares the upbeat new video for "Selense," a song about time which draws inspiration from classic highlife.

Nigeria's Simi comes through with the new music video for her recent single, "Selense."

The song, which sees her sing about using your time and years on this earth preciously, gets a beautiful new video that follows Simi's verses about different characters who may or may not be spending their hours in the best way.

The upbeat new music video, which was directed by Adasa Cookey, is getting premiered here on OkayAfrica today.

"'Selense' is a song about time," Simi tells OkayAfrica. "The song draws inspiration from classic African highlife. A timeless classic that is perfect for all seasons."

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.