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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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It's Official: British Vogue Has Made 2022 The Year of the African Model

The major fashion magazine's February 2022 issue features 9 gloriously Black and African models - and we can't get enough.

Sigh... The Black Woman.

Legendary fashion and lifestyle magazine British Vogue has set the tone and welcomed in a new era with their latest cover, celebrating Black women in all of their glory. In what is arguably their most diverse, Afro-centric issue to date, the February 2022 issue of the popular magazine features 9 glorious (and Black) African models. Their latest issue, which celebrates "The Rise of The African Model", features South Sudanese models Adut Akech, Akon Changkou, and Anok Yai, Ethiopian beauty Akway Amar, Senegalese-Italian Dibaa Maty, Nigeria's Jumbo Janet, Nyaguaa from Sierre Leone, Australian Abény Nhial, and American model Majesty Amare.

Photographer Rafael Pavarotti captured the group's beauty, and British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful's vision beautifully. On the cover, Enninful says, "I saw all these incredible models from across Africa who were just so vivacious and smart. These girls are redefining what it is to be a fashion model. He went on to speak about the soon-to-be-historic cover on his Instagram, writing, "No longer just one or two dark-skinned girls mingled backstage, but a host of top models took a meaningful, substantial and equal place among the most successful women working in fashion today. It means so much to me to see it."

Echoing Edward's words and highlighting the importance of having diverse models on both sides - the model and the viewer - model Adut told the fashion magazine, "When I first started modeling internationally... I would literally be the only Black, dark-skinned girl in the show. There were no Sudanese models, no African models," the 22-year-old model said, "Now, I go to a show and there are girls from my country, girls from Africa who look like me. So yes, there has been a huge change. It has gone from me being the only one at a show, to 15 or 20 of us. I'm just so happy that we are finally at this place. I was tired of always feeling out of place, and feeling like an outcast."



Social media lost it when the cover dropped, many sharing the emotional impact seeing so many Black models on an international cover has over them.



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