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Seun Kuti May Be Collaborating With Yasiin Bey & Nai Palm

The Nigerian afrobeat artist tells OkayAfrica he might have something in the works for an upcoming remix project.

Seun Kuti has just released his latest full-length album, Black Times, which features collaborations with Carlos Santana and Robert Glasper.

"Black Times is like an emotional state of mind," he tells OkayAfrica in an interview about the new record. "[It's] that moment when you understand your history from our own perspective, knowing who you are as a Motherland person in this world today."

In that same interview, Seun revealed another interesting bit of information. He's planning to do a remix album, presumably for Black Times, which will feature collaborations with none-other-than Yasiin Bey and Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote.


"We're planning to have a remix album and they're going to be on that," he mentions in the interview. "It's maybe 80% sure."

A collaboration between the two wouldn't be too far-fetched, as the MC previously joined Seun & Egypt 80 during a live performance in Lagos in 2015.

For his own part, Yasiin Bey has also recently announced a new Black Star album. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for both.

In the meantime, read our full interview with Seun Kuti about his highly-political new album, Black Times.


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Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

Jay Trigga could very well be Zambian music's next big thing—and he's doing it all from China.

Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African.

For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay Trigga tells me over our virtual conversation from China where he is currently studying a masters degree in business management.

Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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