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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.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj 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, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.