Blaklez 'Don't Be Scared'

South African musician / rapper Blaklez drops the official video for his first single "Don't Be Scared" off his debut album, 'Black Beast' out now.

Pretoria rapper Blaklez - a.k.a. the Black Beast - has released his newest video for the single "Don't Be Scared," off his debut album Black Beast that just hit the shelves. Both the video and the South African music track feature the artist incorporating kwaito inspirations (the beat comes from Mdu's "Mazolo") into his contemporary hip-hop sound to dope effect — made particularly evident in the suited-up dancers. Judging by his nickname and reference to South African dance culture within the context of hip-hop, we get the idea that the self-proclaimed Black Beast likes to use his music to play with expectations of both African music and rap in general, something we're always in support of. Relatively new on the scene, Blaklez released his Stop Complaining: Start Entertaining mixtape in 2011, but this year marks his first major release, so be on the lookout for new material being released throughout the summer. Check out Blaklez's "Don't Be Scared" below.

Photo credit should read KELVIN IKPEA/AFP via Getty Images

The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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