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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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Listen to Sauti Sol's New Album 'Afrikan Sauce'

Featuring collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Vanessa Mdee, Nyashinski and many more.

Sauti Sol have been teasing their album, Afrikan Sauce, for a minute now.

We've already heard standout tracks like "Melanin," featuring Patoranking, "Short & Sweet"—which was one of our Best East African Songs of 2018 selections—and "Tujiangalie"alongside Nyashinski.

Well, the Kenyan Afro-pop band's 13-track Afrikan Sauce album is officially out today and features additional collaborations with Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Vanessa Mdee, Yemi Alade, Khaligraph Jones, Bebe Cool, Mi Casa, Toofan, Jah Prayzah, and C4 Pedro.

Sauti Sol has called the Afrikan Sauce project an "art and cultural exchange" with big names from across Africa.

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Sauti Sol In NYC Has Been Postponed

Sauti Sol's Highline Ballroom show has been pushed back to March 8 due to the band's travel permit issues.

Update October 22, 2018: Sadly, Sauti Sol has postponed their American tour due to issues with permits. The new show date is now March 8, 2019. Anyone who bought tickets should have been contacted by Highline Ballroom and can use them for the new date.Tickets for the new date are avaialbe here. See a full statement from the band below.

Melanin World Tour; East Coast/North America Postponed.

To our dear fans, we are so sad to announce that we will have to postpone our upcoming shows in North America. Despite our best efforts, we will not receive the necessary permits on time and will be unable to travel to you this month. The concerts in Montreal, Washington DC, Boston and New York have been rescheduled to March next year with more information coming soon.

Please stay tuned to our pages for further details. This is a setback we have never experienced and it breaks our hearts to have to postpone but some things are out of our control. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience, we will give you the ultimate performances next year adding more cities to the tour to play for as many fans as we can!

Everyone who bought tickets, we see you and we appreciate you! Hold on to those, we'll be rocking with you soon! We love you❤❤❤
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The 10 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month

Featuring Rema, Niniola x Femi Kuti, Tony Allen, 2Baba, Olamide, Burna Boy, Fireboy DML and more

Here are the best tracks that came out of the buzzing Nigerian scene in February.

Follow our NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 19 Best South African Songs of the Month

Featuring Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa, The Big Hash, Nduduzo Makhathini and more.

Our list of the best South African songs of the month includes new singles that dropped in October, alongside those that were highlighted by getting the music video treatment.

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