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"As things start to open up again, "Nana" is a vibe that's perfect for everyone," says Nigerian and French-Candadian afrofusion singer TÖME

TÖME Returns With New Single And A JUNO Award

Nigerian and French-Candadian afrofusion singer TÖME's latest lighthearted single "Nana" blends afrobeats with indie-folk.

Award-winning singer and songwriter TÖMEhas kickstarted her 2021 music releases with the single "Nana". She also recently won the prestigious JUNO award, under the Reggae Recording of the Year category, for her single "I Pray" featuring Jamaican artist Sean Kingston. The annual Juno Awards celebrate all aspects of Canadian musical artists.The Nigerian French-Canadian singer continues to wave the Nigerian flag high, where she is a descendant through her paternal lineage. "Nana" follows TÖME's 2020 album, Bt4w (Bigger Than 4 Walls) which she created in the middle of quarantine.


A talented singer and acoustic guitar player, TÖME hits the high notes on the defiant "Nana". A polyglot singer, she celebrates her individualism over ebbing instrumentals, and expresses sentiments around persevering despite difficult circumstances. "Nana" aptly captures her multi-cultural background which has, so far, contributed to her diverse musical abilities. TÖME shared the excitement of finally releasing "Nana" with Complex.

"This one just felt right. After a year in lockdown and dealing with all the emotions the pandemic brought, I felt like it was only right to deliver warm and feel-good music. "Nana" is a vibe that's perfect for everyone as things start to open up again. It also showcases my range and diversity as an artist, which is further exemplified on my EP coming out later in the summer. I want to show that I'm more than just an Afro-fusion artist. This is just a preview of a lot more to come."

TÖME was born in Montreal, Canada and shared in an interview withCBC that her father would often take her back to Nigeria for visits, which made her very proud of her culture. She has toured with Mr Eazi, shared the stage with African international music heavyweights; Wizkid and Burna Boy. Bigger than 4 Walls was her 2020 sopohmore album. It was preceded by Tomesroom: Chapter 1, which she produced while working full-time in 2019. Her debut project One with Self, a five-track self-recorded acoustic EP released on Soundcloud in 2015.

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TÖME is also a globally recognised actor. Her acting debut as a lead in the short film Love in Transition earned her a recognition from the Accolade Global Film Competition USA 2021, which garners exposure from The Emmys and Oscars.

Listen to "Nana" on Spotify.

Listen to "Nana" on Apple Music.


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Ayra Starr & Kelly Rowland Connect For Ultra Sultry "Bloody Samaritan" Remix

"I've always been a huge fan of Kelly Rowland, and when this came up, I could barely keep in the excitement," mentions the young Mavin Records star.


Ayra Starr has joined creative forces with Kelly Rowland to create a remix of her "Bloody Samaritan" record. The Mavin Records artist has been putting effort into her craft, and her recent collaboration with Rowland is an indication of her growing musical prowess.

Connecting with Rowland, who is a music icon, is another step in the right direction for the young Afro-pop star. The initial release of "Bloody Samaritan" was a well-received record that amassed over 60 million TikTok views and was also featured on BBC Radio's 1Xtra—the remix is equally as enjoyable. Although it retains the sound of the original song, it has its unique ambiance, which fuses elements of Afrobeats, Afro-pop and smooth R&B.

Starr continues to rise in the global music scene and her recent collaboration with Spotify has the potential to skyrocket the musical influence of the newcomer globally. Artists like Starr are increasingly pushing the envelope as it relates to collaborating with bigger names in the music world, which was something that was not as rampant a few years ago. While discussing the collaboration, Starr shared her excitement about the record and her admiration for Rowland.

"I've always been a huge fan of Kelly Rowland, and when this came up, I could barely keep in the excitement! While recording this, Kelly made me feel so comfortable and relaxed, something I really appreciate," said Starr. "She was super amazing! and I was able to hold my own alongside a legend, and I can't wait to share this new music with you all!"

Although Ayra Starr is one of the youngest artists in the Afro-pop world, she has already been making a solid impression among fans and music analysts. In an NME piece, the publication described Starr as “the teen leading her generation’s sonic revolution.” Her stage presence, confidence, and overall "je ne sais quoi" essence have proven that the Gen-Z pioneer is ready to continue to put her name and genre on the map.

Listen to Ayra Starr and Kelly Rowland's "Bloody Samaritan" remix below!

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Kenya Says It's Banning LGBTQ+ Content

According to the acting head of the Kenya's Film Classification Board (KFCB), all movies with LGBTQ+ content are illegal in the country.

The acting CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Christopher Wambua, has announced that all movies containing LGBTQ+-related content are now illegal in the country. Wambua also said that the country is against LGBTQ+ relationships.


"As we rate and classify content, we also consider other applicable laws. If there is any content that normalizes, glorifies same-sex relationships, our position in Kenya has always been to restrict and not to broadcast, exhibit or distribute that kind of content within the borders of the country," Wambua said. Wambua also said that while there are multiple platforms highlighting sam-sex content online, the Kenyan government is actively taking action to block access to the content in Kenya. According to Wambua, the KFCB authority is currently working with streaming powerhouse Netflix to ensure that access to LGBTQ+ movies and series are barred within Kenya.

"Most of them are restricting; because of our discussions with Netflix, they are curating their classification system that is very aligned with our laws with the view of ensuring that in future once we sign the agreement, some of this content is not visible at all within the republic," Wambua said.

Kenya is not the first country to state that it would not condone LGBTQ+ content. Earlier this year, Egypt joined six other Arab countries to call out Netflix and Disney+, and demand that certain types of "offensive" content be restricted from airing in their countries. This was understood to be in reference to media that featured members of the LGBT+ community within those countries.

Kenya has had a long history of barring content with LGBTQ+ characters and storylines. In 2018, Kenyan authorities banned 'Rafiki,' a film that profiled the love story of two women, citing that the production promoted lesbianism. Last year, the KFCB also banned the documentary "I am Samuel," a storyline about a gay Kenyan man. Kenya's law strongly forbids LGBTQ+ and Section 165 of its Penal Code highlights the legality of code in detail.

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