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Stonebwoy's New Album Is a Tribute to His Biggest Fan—His Late Mother

The Ghanaian dancehall artist talks in depth about his album, "Epistles of Mama," with BBC.

Stonebwoy is his mother's son. The Ghanaian artist dropped his latest album, "Epistles of Mama," where he dedicates it to his late mother who was his biggest fan.

"This is the tribute album to my mother," he says in a radio interview with BBC, "because she passed two years ago, may her soul rest in peace. Up until this point, I've realized that everything she's taught me, everything that I grew upon is now manifesting."

In the interview he talks about his versatility as a cross-genre artist, and how he can't be put into a box when describing his music. The album boasts that cross-cultural collaborations including Sean Paul, I-Octane, Assassin and other Jamaican dancehall greats.

He also touched on Libyan slavery crisis, saying that he could've easily been one of those migrants to search for better opportunities in Europe.

"I'm a witness of a number of youth who come from where I'm from, Ashaiman. I could have easily been one of those people who would've embarked on such journeys," he says. "We only have to make our homes better places for us to live, such that our youths can find job opportunities—this dives down to the political leaders."

Listen to the full interview below, and listen to "Epistles of Mama" on Apple Music and Spotify.

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South African rapper AKA, real name Kiernan Forbes, is reportedly in the process of brand evaluation. This, after the rapper publicly announced a temporary break regarding promotions with the New York-based vodka company, Cruz Vodka. The statement coincides with the ongoing investigations surrounding Anele Tembe's death, and a widely circulated video showing AKA allegedly attempting to break down a door to enter his fiancé's room.

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Nigeria's DJ Spinall Adds 6lack On The New 'Sere' Remix

American artist 6lack joins Nigerian Afropop singer Fireboy DML in bringing additional magic to DJ Spinall's remix of the single 'Sere'.

Nigeria's DJ Spinall has officially dropped the remix for his latest massive hit single "Sere'', off his fifth studio album Grace. The "Sere" remix comes packed with power, especially, with the addition of American rapper 6lack to the banger that originally, only, featured Fireboy DML. The remix follows the music video release for the original "Sere" single, which has amassed millions of views thus far. The remix is a bonus Afopop track worth the listen.

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South Africa's Latest Xenophobic Attacks Target Somali Nationals

The latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa have already left 13 Somali nationals dead in Khayelitsha this past Saturday.

At least 24 Somali nationals have reportedly been killed since January of this year according to the Somali Community Board of South Africa (SCBSA). The deaths have been a result of xenophobic violence specifically targeting Somali business owners situated in various townships across South Africa. This past Saturday alone, 13 Somali nationals were reportedly killed in Site B of Khayelitsha, Western Cape province.
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