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Stream Sinkane's 'New Name,' The Third Single Off His Forthcoming 'Mean Love' LP

Stream 'New Name', the third single from Sudanese-born multi-instrumentalist Sinkane aka Ahmed Gallab off his forthcoming album, 'Mean Love'


Keeping with his current M.O. of dropping monthly sonic gems, it seems as though Sinkane aka Ahmed Gallab has no plans of dishing out the tough love alluded to in the title of his forthcoming Mean Love LP. "New Name," the latest from the Sudanese-born, Brooklyn-based artist steps up the pace from the soulful, aural molasses of his last two offerings "How We Be" and "Hold Tight." The track, which premiered today via The New York Times's T Magazine, opens with a guttural cry before grooving along on a distinctly Sudanese bass line, punctuated by electrifying horns that carry the track to new heights over Sinkane's trademark ethereal synthwork.

Speaking on the evolution of his artistry Sinkane explains, “Mars was an apt metaphor: I was a foreigner, an alien, in whatever environment I found myself in. It was time for me to look deeper into myself and make a more personal record. Mars expressed a lot of my African side, but for my new record, Mean Love, I wanted to get into my American influences.” Thankfully, as this latest offering shows, he is still holding onto the distinct polyrhythmic afrobeat grooves that first grabbed our attention on his 2012 debut Mars. Stream "New Name" below. Mean Love arrives September 2nd via DFA Records (US) and City Slang (ROW).

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

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Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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