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Sabina Ddumba & Mr Eazi Team Up for the 90s MTV-Inspired Video for 'Blow My Mind'

"I am African—the musical influences from the continent, and more closely Uganda, is in my blood," says Ddumba about the catchy Mr Eazi-assisted song.

Sabina Ddumba and Mr Eazi deliver an infectious new pop tune with their latest collaboration, "Blow My Mind."

After debuting the track last week, the duo have shared the vibrant music video for the track, which was co-written by the Grammy-award winning British-Nigerian pop star MNEKK. On the song, Ddumba an Eazi share lyrics about a lover that has blown them away over vibrant, upbeat percussion, making for a catchy tune that's hard not to sing along to.

The colorful music video, which sees Ddumba performing with a group of dancers before various sleek backdrops, was inspired by 90s MTV and shows a young girl excitedly watching Ddumba on TV, the same way she watched her favorite artists growing up, as the singer explains in Billboard. Later, Mr Eazi joins in via a fuzzy, old-school television set to deliver the song's final verse.


The 25-year-old artist, born in Sweden to Ugandan parents, spoke to Billboard about the various influences on the genre-blending track, and drawing inspiration from the sounds of the continent. "I am African—the musical influences from the continent, and more closely Uganda, is in my blood," says Ddumba "I'm not saying that I'm all about doing African-influenced music, but I love that 'Blow My Mind' turned out to be a perfect merge of soul, R&B; and African rhythms."

She also spoke about getting Mr Eazi to put his unique touch on the song:

When [MNEK and I] were close to finishing the song, I was really feeling it and I asked TMS, the producers, to modify the bassline just to bring in some of that Ugandan vibe. And Mr. Eazi is the right artist for this. Even though he's not from Uganda, I can hear that we have the same musical influences and talk the same musical language."

Check out the music video for "Blow My Mind" below.

Sabina Ddumba - Blow My Mind (feat. Mr Eazi) [Official Video] youtu.be

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Listen to 10 Great Songs From Johnny Clegg

Here are some of the best songs to remember South Africa's son of the soil.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that South African musician, Johnny Clegg, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Understandably, heartfelt tributes have been pouring in ever since. Long before it was cool (or even legal) to be in close proximity to blackness and anything attached to it in South Africa, Clegg, a white man, was doing just that. That is exactly why he was given the endearing title of South Africa's "son of the soil."

Growing up during Apartheid, Clegg was taught how to speak the Zulu language by a domestic worker named Charlie Mzila. In his teenage years, his appreciation for the Zulu culture continued and he soon learnt the traditional dance styles known as isishameni and also learnt how to play the Maskandi guitar. Clegg's music was a beacon of light during a very dark time in South Africa's history and his songs about Nelson Mandela (at a time where songs were banned for merely mentioning the name of the late statesman and other key struggle activists) brought the country together.

It is irrefutable that a music giant has fallen. However, Clegg leaves behind a wealth of music featuring other great South African artists and groups such as Zakwe, Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Juluka/Suvuka, among several others. His music undeniably brought South Africans and people all around the world together.

We've picked ten of our favorite songs from the late musician's discography in honor of a life that was lived to the fullest.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Stonebwoy, Mahmoud Ahmed, Tiwa Savage x Zlatan, Africa Express, Juls x Mr Eazi and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Beyoncé Wore These 2 African Designers in Her Music Video for 'Spirit'

Queen Bey continues to include and give a nod to African talent in her visuals.

As we draw even closer to Disney's The Lion King opening in theaters this week, Beyoncé continues to lead the way with her new music video for "Spirit"—the first single off of the film's album she produced and curated, The Lion King: The Gift.

Shot in the Havasu Falls in Arizona's Grand Canyon, Beyoncé and her legion of beautiful dancers are one with nature and its various elements as she beckons us to be brave and hear the calling of spirit. As we noted when she announced the album, the track opens with a call and response in Swahili that translates to "Long live the king": Uishi kwa mda mrefu mfalme—uishi kwa.

Keeping our eyes peeled for African influences in the music video, it's evident that is seen in the choreography. We even spotted our extended fam with the afrobeats moves—the AVO Boys: Stephen Ojo and Caleb Bonney—as two of her dancers in the video.

Beyoncé continues to also give a nod to African talent through the looks she donned in "Spirit" styled by her mainstay, Zerina Akers.

Take a look at the two African designers she wore in the video below.

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