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Ringing in the New: 10 British Artists to Watch in 2013

New British music for 2013. Okayafrica's list of 10 up-and-coming British artists to watch including Laura Mvula, Lulu James, Kwes, Sampha, Cold Specks and A*M*E


So farewell, 2012! To ring in the new year we've pur together a list of acts to watch.  These artists hail from the UK which, despite what the London Olympic closing ceremony might have suggested, is awash with fresh music - merging electropop with k-pop and folk with Sunny Ade. The artists' origins and identities are as varied as their styles, but whether it was them, their parents, or their parents' parents who left Ghana/Somalia/Liberia/Uganda for the UK (think Musa Okwonga's Migrant Manifesto, or Taiye Selasi's Afropolitans) they are all innovating in exciting ways. And though they're not as established as Estelle, Josh Osho, Michael Kiwanuka, Emile Sande or Shingai Shoniwa, we predict big things for them in 2013.

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#EndSARS: Security Forces Open Deadly Fire on Protesting Nigerians

Nigerian security forces have reportedly opened fire on protesters at Lekki Toll Gate amid continued demonstrations against police brutality. This comes after the Nigerian government recently enforced an abrupt curfew in Lagos.

It has been reported that security forces in Nigeria have opened fire on protestors at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos. Several reports from various media outlets have confirmed this incident after numerous images and videos emerged on social media. The footage reveals protesters running away from security forces as they fire live rounds into the crowds while others have been shown to be injured. No fatalities have as yet been officially confirmed by mainstream media. Protesters have continued mass demonstrations against the infamous Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which has been now been "rebranded" by the Nigerian government to a new unit termed the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

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How Davido's 'FEM' Became the Unlikely #EndSARS Protest Anthem

When Nigerian youth shout the line "Why everybody come dey para, para, para, para for me" at protests, it is an act of collective rebellion and rage, giving flight to our anger against the police officers that profile young people, the bureaucracy that enables them, and a government that appears lethargic.