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Watch Stonebwoy & Sean Paul's New Video For 'Most Original'

We premiere the new Jamaican-shot visual for "Most Original."

Ghana's Stonebwoy is having a strong year following the release of his latest album, Epistles of Mama (EOM), which paired 12 dancehall tracks with 12 afrobeats songs.

The reggae-dancehall star is now linking up with one of the world's dancehall heavyweights, Sean Paul, for the new music video for "Most Original," one of the clear standouts from EOM.

This new video, which we're premiering here today, was directed by Jay Will. It takes place in Jamaica and follows the tale of a love story in the ghetto. It's being released exclusively through TIDAL.


Listen: Stonebwoy's Afro-Dancehall Playlist

"Immediately, when I heard the rhythm of the track I felt that Sean Paul would be best suited for the song," Stonebwoy told us in an interview earlier this year. "So we decided to put calls through to have him on the track. It was a very quick process."

Stonebwoy's been racking in the top-tier collaborations, as he's also recently worked on music with Trey Songz, Chris Martin, Kranium and others.

Watch the new video for "Most Original" below.


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Burna Boy, Nasty C, Stonebwoy, Nadia Nakai & More Win 2019 AFRIMA Awards

Check out the full list of this year's winners.

The sixth annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) took place last night at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

The yearly celebration—not to be confused with the Afrikan Musik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) which took place in October in Dallas—recognizes African musical talent from various regions of the continent. Several big name artists took home awards during last nights ceremony, which was hosted by Pearl Thusi and Eddie Kadi. Many nominees also performed at the AFRIMA Music Village Festival which took place on ahead of the awards show.

Burna Boy had a major night, winning Artist of the year and Best Male Artist in West Africa, while Tiwa Savage won Best Female Artist in West Africa. Nigerian newcomer, Joe Boy won Best Artiste in African pop. Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy won in the "Best Artist in African Reggae, Ragga or Dancehall" category.

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Afro Nation Puerto Rico Announces Burna Boy, Davido, 2Baba, Afro B & More For Its Initial Line-Up

The popular festival revealed an impressive first wave of performers for Afro Nation Puerto Rico.

The next installment of Afro Nation is set to hit the Caribbean when it comes to Puerto Rico in March 2020. After a sold-out festival in Portugal this summer, it looks like this edition won't disappoint.

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14 Cultural Events You Can't Miss this December in South Africa

OkayAfrica's guide to must-see events during South Africa's festive season.

South Africans will tell you that December is not just a month, it's an entire lifestyle. From beginning to end, it's about being immersed in a ton of activity with friends and family as well as any new folk you meet along the way. Whether you're looking to turn up to some good music or watch some provocative theater, our guide to just 14 cultural events happening in South Africa this December, has something for everyone.

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From #FeesMustFall to #BlueforSudan: OkayAfrica's Guide to a Decade of African Hashtag Activism

The 2010s saw protest movements across the continent embrace social media in their quest to make change.

The Internet and its persistent, attention-seeking child, Social Media has changed the way we live, think and interact on a daily basis. But as this decade comes to a close, we want to highlight the ways in which people have merged digital technology, social media and ingenuity to fight for change using one of the world's newest and most potent devices—the hashtag.

What used to simply be the "pound sign," the beginning of a tic-tac-toe game or what you'd have to enter when interacting with an automated telephone service, the hashtag has become a vital aspect of the digital sphere operating with both form and function. What began in 2007 as a metadata tag used to categorize and group content on social media, the term 'hashtag' has now grown to refer to memes (#GeraraHere), movements (#AmINext), events (#InsertFriendsWeddingHere) and is often used in everyday conversation ("That situation was hashtag awkward").

The power of the hashtag in the mobility of people and ideas truly came to light during the #ArabSpring, which began one year into the new decade. As Tunisia kicked off a revolution against oppressive regimes that spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook played a crucial role in the development and progress of the movements. The hashtag, however, helped for activists, journalists and supporters of causes. It not only helped to source information quickly, but it also acted as a way to create a motto, a war cry, that could spread farther and faster than protestors own voices and faster than a broadcasted news cycle. As The Guardian wrote in 2016, "At times during 2011, the term Arab Spring became interchangeable with 'Twitter uprising' or 'Facebook revolution,' as global media tried to make sense of what was going on."

From there, the hashtag grew to be omnipresent in modern society. It has given us global news, as well as strong comedic relief and continues to play a crucial role in our lives. As the decade comes to a close, here are some of the most impactful hashtags from Africans and for Africans that used the medium well.

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