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Phyno Teams Up With Flavour In 'Authe'

Watch Phyno and Flavour's video for their joint single "Authe."


"Man of the Year" Phyno just dropped the visuals for his latest single “Authe.” The feel-good track off his debut album No Guts No Glory, gets an assist from highlife darling Flavour as the pair shift seamlessly between Igbo and English, trading verses about the objects of their affection and praising their good taste. Lyrically, the track is a departure from Phyno's recent “O Set,” a collaboration with P-Square in which they brag about wealth and lament the envy that comes with it. Lavishness has been a feature in many of director Clarence Peter’s videos and this one continues that trend showing Phyno and Flavour living it up alongside several companions in spas and hotels. For more from Phyno check out his hard-hitting anthem "Alobam." Watch the video for "Authe" below.

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Listen to Phyno's New Single 'N.W.A' With Wale

Follow Phyno and Wale to California in the new music video for "N.W.A"

Nigerian hitmaker Phyno continues his strong form as of late with "N.W.A," a brand new single alongside none-other-than Wale.

The track, which is built on an addictive bouncy beat from producer Iambeat, comes paired with a new music video directed by Patrick Elis. It follows Phyno Fino to California where him and Wale ride around in low-riders and fancy cars.

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Listen to Olamide and Phyno's World Cup Song 'Road 2 Russia (Dem Go Hear Am)'

The two Nigerian stars link up for this Super Eagles anthem.

The World Cup is quickly coming up this week and, with just a few days before the first kick-off, we get this new Nigerian anthem from Olamide and Phyno.

"Road 2 Russia (Dem Go Hear Am)," which is being promoted as the official Super Eagles song, sees both artists big-upping their team and its star players—Victor Moses, A lex Iwobi, and Mikel Obi, all get shout outs—over a mid-tempo beat from Pheelz.

Olamide's recently taken part in another World Cup theme that's been making the rounds and getting tons of play, "Issa Goal" alongside Naira Marley and Lil Kesh.

Which one are you liking better for the Super Eagles World Cup anthem?

Listen to Olamide and Phyno's "Road 2 Russia (Dem Go Hear Am)" below.

Read: How Will African Teams Perform in the World Cup?




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In Conversation: Lemn Sissay On His New Book About Re-claiming the Ethiopian Heritage Stolen From Him by England’s Foster Care System

In 'My Name Is Why,' the 2019 PEN Pinter award winner passionately advocates for children in the institutional care system, and in turn tells a unique story of identity and the power in discovering one's heritage.

It took the author Lemn Sissay almost two decades to learn his real name. As an Ethiopian child growing up in England's care system, his cultural identity was systematically stripped from him at an early age. "For the first 18 years of my life I thought that my name was Norman," Sissay tells OkayAfrica. "I didn't meet a person of color until I was 10 years of age. I didn't know a person of color until I was 16. I didn't know I was Ethiopian until I was 16 years of age. They stole the memory of me from me. That is a land grab, you know? That is post-colonial, hallucinatory madness."

Sissay was not alone in this experience. As he notes in his powerful new memoir My Name Is Why, during the 1960s, tens of thousands of children in the UK were taken from their parents under dubious circumstances and put up for adoption. Sometimes, these placements were a matter of need, but other times, as was the case with Sissay, it was a result of the system preying on vulnerable parents. His case records, which he obtained in 2015 after a hardfought 30 year campaign, show that his mother was a victim of child "harvesting," in which young, single women were often forced into giving their children up for adoption before being sent back to their native countries. She tried to regain custody of young Sissay, but was unsuccessful.

Whether they end up in the foster system out of need or by mistake, Sissay says that most institutionalized children face the same fate of abuse under an inadequate and mismanaged system that fails to recognize their full humanity. For black children who are sent to white homes, it often means detachment from a culturally-sensitive environment. "There are too many brilliant people that I know who have been adopted by white parents for me to say that it just doesn't work," says Sissay. "But the problem is the amount of children that it doesn't work for."

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Check out Cameroonian Crooner Vagabon’s New Ode to Female Power

The singer dropped a video for new single "Every Woman" today, shot by fellow Cameroonian director Lino Asana.

Cameroonian-born singer-songwriter Laetitia Tamko, better known as her stage name Vagabon, has been spoiling us with delights as of late. First, the crooner teased us with two singles, "Flood" and "Water Me Down" from her forthcoming sophomore album, Vagabon, a work she wrote and produced herself. And today, she surprised us with a new single and video for "Every Woman"—a track Tamko claims is the "thesis of the album," as per a press statement reported by The Fader magazine

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