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Odunsi The Engine's Debut Album 'rare.' Is Finally Here—and It's Everything

rare. is a stunning debut from the Nigerian vanguard. It features Davido, Runtown, Santi, Tay Iwar and more.

Odunsi The Engine is the young producer and singer from Lagos who is at the forefront of the burgeoning 'Alté' scene. He represents the new generation of artists in Africa who are shaping their own sounds by drawing inspiration from different cultures, genres and styles.

Finally, after all the teasing, Odunsi has dropped his high-anticipated debut album titled rare. The album is 13 tracks long and includes the infamous "Alté Cruise" as a bonus track.

With its superb blend of afrobeat, funk, 80's R&B and synth-pop influences, Odunsi makes music you simply can't hate. If anything, this album confirms that Odunsi is an old soul trapped in a millennial's body. He cites artists such as Ralph Tresvant, Sade, Asa, Prince Okotie and Prince as major influences on his journey.

From mainstream stars like Davido and Runtown to new wave sensations like Tay Iwar and Santi, rare. boasts an array of heavyweight features.

Odunsi takes control of his creative vision, aesthetics and musical direction, and in doing so, expands what it means to be an African artist right now.

This is definitely a project you do not want to miss out on.

Slide through your weekend with the groovy and intoxicating sounds of Odunsi The Engine's debut album rare.


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Watch Odunsi (The Engine)'s New Video For 'Wetin Dey / Better Days'

Two end-of-summer jams.

Odunsi (The Engine), one of the leading artists coming out of Nigeria's new wave, comes through with two surprise singles, "Better Days" and "Wetin Dey."

"Better Days" is a hazy production helmed by P2J, who comes off working on big projects for the likes of Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift and Burna Boy's African Giant. The guitar-flanked track features vocals from singer-songwriter WANI, who we've previously covered.

The hip-hop-leaning "Wetin Dey" samples a classic tune from Nigerian underground rap pioneers Ruff Rugged & Raw, which was also titled "Wetin Dey (Omukeke)."

Read: Odunsi Is the Artist Transforming Nigerian Music

Odunsi is coming off the drop of his latest single "Tipsy," featuring RAYE, and the success of his 13-song debut album, rare., which featured appearances from Davido, Runtown, Santi, Nasty C, Tay Iwar and more.

Listen to his two new singles "Better Days" and "Wetin Dey" below.

Update 8/15/19: Watch the new Lagos-shot music video for "Wetin Dey / Better Days" below.

"With 'Wetin Dey' I wanted to express the youth in Lagos going out and having fun," Odunsi tells The Fader. "I was inspired by the Will Smith 'Summertime' video. I always wanted to recreate that. 'Better Days' has a bit of a darker theme of running away after doing something evil. I had to shoot two videos because I like both songs as much as the other."

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Odunsi Throws a Flashy Nigerian Party In the Video for 'Star Signs,' Featuring Runtown

The video pays homage to the Yoruba party culture of the late '80s and early '90s.

Odunsi shares the highly-anticipated music video for his single, "Star Signs," a standout from his 2018 debut album rare.

The alté mainstay pays homage to Nigeria's late '80s and early '90s party culture, which was all about fun, fashion and flashiness. Odunsi takes on a glittering, King Sunny Ade-esque persona as he leads a party full of people dressed in traditional Yoruba garb. Each table at the function is arranged according to a zodiac sign.

The vintage themed video, directed by Candles, features several cameos, including one from frequent collaborator Santi.

The artist shared stunning teaser photos from the video on his Twitter ahead of the video's release.

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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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