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Joe Kay Focuses on Nigerian Music in This Episode of Soulection Radio

"The whole point of this show is to present this sound because I really really believe in it," says Joe Kay.

On episode 403 of his popular Beats1 show, Soulection Radio, LA music plug, DJ and host Joe Kay showed love to Nigeria's flourishing music scene. The 2-hour episode, which came out over the Coachella weekend, features tunes from Nigerian artists both based on the continent and the diaspora—the likes of Santi, Maleek Berry, AYLØ, Tay Iwar, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Davido and a whole lot more.


The show's playlist isn't exclusively Nigerian, however, as it also features Ghana's Juls and South Africa's DJ Speedsta in the form of the song "Mayo."

Opening the show, Joe Kay expressed how much Nigerian music is moving him at the moment. He said:

"Shout out to all my African people worldwide. Today's show is all about Afrobeats, alté, Afro fusion. I haven't felt this passionate about a genre, about a sound in a long time. I've been really researching and digging. Also has some great ambassadors worldwide putting me onto some sounds, shout outs to Tanji, shout outs to Andreas, shout out Amanda, Tay Iwar, Sango, Amarachi, for all the artists who have been contributing to this playlist. It takes a village, man, but I'm learning and the whole point of this show is to present this sound because I really really believe in it. I think it's next up, it's in the present, so diverse, so soulful. It's just a certain energy."

Afrobeats is impressively dominating many parts of the world, especially the UK and the US—markets that influence the rest of the world. Kiddominant didn't lie to us. When we interviewed the Nigerian artist, producer and DJ last year, asked about the future of the genre, he said, "In a lot of American clubs, it's normal to play afrobeats now, especially Davido and Wizkid, they're playing a lot of their music. I feel like it's only a start. Ciara just featured Tekno, all those things, in like the next three years, afrobeats will be almost as mainstream as hip-hop."

Soulection is one of the most respected and progressive music curators in the whole world, and they have introduced alternative music enthusiasts across the globe to artists years before they blow up. Soulection has toured South African in the past, and it wouldn't surprise us if they hit Nigeria in the near future.

Listen to the Soulection episode focusing on Nigerian musician below, or on Apple Music.

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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