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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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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Burna Boy, Maleek Berry, Fik Fameica, Michael Kiwanuka, Wale, and more

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Nnedi Okorafor's Highly-Anticipated Memoir, 'Broken Places & Outer Spaces,' Is Here

This is the first work of non-fiction to come from the prolific science fiction writer.

Nnedi Okorafor, acclaimed Nigerian-American science fiction, fantasy and magical realism writer, has released her first work of non-fiction, Brittle Paper reports.

Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected is her memoir chronicling the journey from being a star athlete to facing paralysis—to her eventual creative awakening. Published by TED Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint, the prolific author gives us a powerful example and guide of how our perceived limitations can have the potential to become our greatest strengths.

"I've been writing this on and off since it all happened," she explains in a thread on Twitter. "The original manuscript is over 300 pages. I *needed* to record every detail while they were fresh, so there are parts of this book that I wrote while I still wasn't quite able to walk."

Here's a snippet of the synopsis from the publisher below:

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Michael Kiwanuka Teams Up With Tom Misch for Disco-Inspired Single 'Money'

The British-Ugandan musician explores the dangers of money on an infectious new collaboration with British producer Tom Misch.

It's been a while since we heard from British-Ugandan soul singer Michael Kiwanuka, but he's back with a new single and we couldn't be more here for it.

The artist teamed up with fellow British musician Tom Misch for the funk and disco-inspired single "Money." The mid tempo song is one made for chill summer nights, as Kiwanuka soulful vocals pair smoothly with Misch impressive guitar work. The '70s influence comes off strongly on the nearly 5-minute track.

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