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Listen to Sauti Sol's New Album 'Midnight Train'.

Listen to Sauti Sol's New Album 'Midnight Train'

The 13-track project by Kenyan Afro-pop sensation Sauti Sol is a vibrant and uplifting gem featuring India Arie, Sho Madjozi, Black Motion and more.

Kenyan Afro-pop sensation Sauti Sol recently released their highly-anticipated album Midnight Train. The 13-tack project features the likes of India Arie, Soweto Gospel Choir, Sho Madjozi and Black Motion. The album is a follow-up to their 2019 album Afrikan Sauce which featured collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Vanessa Mdee, Nyashinski and several others.


"Midnight Train", the first track on the album, is a mid-tempo number which samples of Toto's 1982 track "Africa". "Brighter Days", which features the talented and prolific Soweto Gospel Choir, was the first track to drop in the run-up to releasing the full album. It's an uplifting song both in its musicality and lyricism. "My Everything" is a slower paced romantic jam which features India Arie, a musician who has not only inspired but influenced Sauti Sol. "Suzanna" is a an upbeat and cheeky number that is a sure-fire standout track on the album. "Disco Matanga (Yambakhana)" featuring Sho Madjozi and Black Motion was featured as the soundtrack to Netflix's Queen Sono.

Speaking to OkayAfrica about the inspiration behind their music, Polycarp Otieno says, "Our inspiration comes from where we're at in our lives and what we go through as human beings, as men, as husbands to our wives, as friends. It's about writing stories that relate with other people and things people would not normally speak about in song. We try to put that in song."

Midnight Train is the group's first album with Universal Music Africa after signing a major deal with them earlier this year.

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African Diplomats Kicked Out Of South Africa For Selling Booze Illegally

So far, Lesotho and Malawi diplomats were expelled after South African officials discovered that they had been involved in illicit alcohol trading.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa recently informed the Kingdom of Lesotho and Malawi that a number of its diplomats and their dependants were caught abusing their diplomatic privileges. The announcement also included the fact that the diplomats involved in this alcohol scandal have been declared Persona Non Grata in the Republic of South Africa and given three days to leave the country with their families.

Widespread media reports divulged how Lesotho and Malawi diplomats have been smuggling alcohol into South Africa without paying duty, and reselling it at local bars and restaurants. It is expected that over 200 diplomats from other countries accused of the same crime will also be kicked out in the coming weeks.

In response to the news, the Lesotho Ministry of International Relations announced that it condemned the actions of the diplomats, and was disappointed in the activities of its officers. It further stated that disciplinary action would follow once the officers returned to Lesotho.

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