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The Lagos Music Salon: Somi's 'Last Song'

Watch Somi's music video for "Last Song," off her upcoming Nigerian influenced album 'The Lagos Music Salon.'


Somi, the NY-based songstress of Ugandan & Rwandan background, is readying the release of her major label debut The Lagos Music Salon  for Sony Music's OKeh Records. The delicate, piano-accompanied "Last Song" infuses the singer's previous jazz-oriented excursions with experiences she had while spending 18 months in Ilorin and Lagos. The Lagos Music Salon, out August 5 in the US, will feature swaying grooves like that below alonsgide fast-paced afrobeat-inpired collaborations with Angelique Kidjo and a hip-hop leaning track with Common, among others. Watch the video for "Last Song," premiering here today, and grab the single on iTunes.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Simi, Stonebwoy, Riky Rick, Olamide, Wizkid, La Même Gang 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.

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Cyclone Kenneth Could Be the Second Damaging Storm To Hit Mozambique In Over a Month

Tanzanian authorities have also warned those living along the southern coast to move to safer ground ahead of the storm.

Just shortly after Mozambique was ravaged with the devastating Cyclone Idai in March, the country has been warned of another destructive storm that's heading their way very soon.

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Stonebwoy & Beenie Man's 'Shuga' Is a Full Dose of Energy

Ghana meets Jamaica in this impressive new collaboration.

Stonebwoy, one of Ghana's major dancehall names, links up with Jamaican legend Beenie Man for this new single, "Shuga."

"Shuga" is built on stuttering synth hits and beat work produced by Ghana's StreetBeatz. Stonebwoy and the "King of Dancehall" connect over the energetic rhythm, each delivering their own verses—add one more track to the many stellar cross-Atlantic musical collaborations that have been going on for years, in particular between West Africa and Jamaica.

"This collab is legendary," Stonebwoy wrote on his social media pages.

The single comes paired with a new music video directed by BlingBlang which follows the Ghanaian star and Beenie Man to a railroad station as they turn a train car into a dancehall party. Beenie Man even plays the conductor for a few shots.

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