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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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Watch the First Episode of Flame’s Documentary Series ‘Welcome To My Life’

Flame takes fans behind the scenes in his new documentary series.

From interviews to smoking sessions, performances, studio sessions and a visit to the hair salon, Flame gives fans a glimpse into his life and adventures.

The South African hip-hop artist and producer shared the first episode of an ongoing documentary series titled Welcome To My Life. The first episode, which he shared today, shows Flame and his affiliates—the likes of Ecco, Mellow and others—going about their business.

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uSanele Releases a New Project ‘uMvelase’ Featuring ASAP Shembe, Windows 2000, Manelisi and Others

Listen to uSanele's new project 'uMvelase.'

South African hip-hop artist uSanele's recently released project is titled uMvelase. "This project," says the artist, "is in honor of my father and family, abakwa Mthembu; all my siblings, extended family and my roots in the heart of KZN, kwaNongoma. It is a calling—if you will—a completion of my journey and all things coming full circle."

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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