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Watch Sauti Sol's 'Sura Yako' x Lipala Dance Tutorial

Kenya's Sauti Sol drops an instructional dance video for 'Sura Yako' off their forthcoming studio album 'Live and Die in Africa'


When we last heard from Kenya's Sauti Sol, the afropop quartet had abandoned all inhibitions for their sensual "Nishike" video. Despite coming under fire for the visuals, which were perceived to have crossed some arbitrary moral line, the crooners continue to champion creative freedom of expression in the euphoric video for their latest banger "Sura Yako" (Swahili for "your face"). Taking the format of an instructional dance video, each member of the band showcases their smooth moves alongside Nairobi's Sarakasi Dancers who helped them create the Lipala dance featured in the clip. Learn how to Lipala in the video for "Sura Yako," then watch Sauti Sol expertly address the controversy surrounding 'Nishike" in an interview on Kenya's K24TV  below. Stay tuned for more news about Sauti Sol's forthcoming album Live and Die in Afrika.

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Update 9/15: The boys from Sauti Sol have just dropped the official visuals to "Sura Yako." The joyful clip portrays a traditional Kenyan pre-wedding ceremony and was directed by frequent Sauti Sol collaborator Enos Olik. Watch the official video for the catchy single below.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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