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Sauti Sol & Tiwa Savage's 'Girl Next Door' Is Finally Here

Kenyan pop royalty Sauti Sol and Tiwa Savage team up for the Maleek Berry-produced new single, "Girl Next Door."

Following the massive success of their hit song "Melanin," Sauti Sol announced that Mavin's First Lady Tiwa Savage was going to be the artist featured on their next single. The news of a collaboration between these powerhouses quickly stirred up fans from the East and West of the continent.


"Girl Next Door" is finally here and we can confirm that it's definitely the kind of song you need to ease into the new year right now.

Produced by Maleek Berry, the song has a slow-paced reggae feel to it. Tiwa doesn't shy away from singing some Swahili lyrics while the boys belt out some brilliantly written lines that make you want to sing along.

The music video was shot and directed by Unlimited LA. It features laid-back individual shots of the Sauti Sol boys as well as scenes of Tiwa daydreaming about her love interest while styled up in a camo jumpsuit. Just as the song reaches its climax, they all link up for a vibrant party scene.

The Kenyan afro-pop band are set to rock the continent with their forthcoming album, Afrikan Sauce, which will bring voices from different corners of the continent together. They plan on releasing a song with a different African artist every month until its release later this year.

The anticipation for the album continues to grow but for now we're going to give "Girl Next Door" another listen.

Check out the video below:


Photography by Andile Buka.

5 South African Photo Books to Check Out

Here are some South African photo books on apartheid, jazz and Black life to familiarise yourself with.

While image-making, along with image archiving, have taken different forms over the years — advancing in tandem with photography's multiple technological advancements particularly in recent times — the idea of a compilation of images is one that is hard not to romanticise.

Photo books are cool. They look dope on the coffee table, they inspire curiosity, and they are reliable records of memory. They also make for great collector's items; and this is why we wiped the flimsy dust setting on some of our favourite photo books to get you started — should you be interested in finding and/or adding more.

This is but a cursory list of photo books from my own collection, directed mainly at the curious. For a thorough rundown of the history of photobooks in South Africa, have a look at the SAHO website's

Timeline of South African Photographic Books and Exhibitions

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