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Sauti Sol Celebrate 'Melanin' In Their Stunning New Video With Patoranking

Kenyan afro-pop stars Sauti Sol team up with Patoranking to give us "Melanin," the lead single from their forthcoming LP.

Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol are turning up the heat with the announcement and release of the debut single from their forthcoming collaboration album, Afrikan Sauce.

For its first single, the boys of Sauti Sol team up with popular Nigerian artist Patoranking to give us "Melanin," a song celebrating women of color. With a blend of their prevailing afro-pop style and Patoranking's dancehall-like delivery, this collaboration proves to be sensational.

Accompanying the single is a brand new music video which was shot and directed by Clarence Peters in Lagos. The colorful and tropical video features many shots of stunning dark skin women along with vibrant dance and performance scenes.

The Afrikan Sauce LP will be a continuation of their successful third album, Live and Die in Afrika, which was released in 2015. The band is calling the project an "art and cultural exchange," which will feature collaborations with big names from across Africa. They also announced plans to drop a new collaborative track off the new album each month for the next twelve months.

Seeing as the new single is already a banger, we can't wait to see what else is in store from the band.

Check out "Melanin" below.

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Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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