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DIASPORA—Burna Boy kicked off an international tour for his upcoming album Outside, last Saturday (May 6) with a performance at New York City’s Playstation Theatre.

The afrobeats musician was joined on stage by fellow Nigerian artist Jidenna and star hip-hop producer, Swizz Beatz.

Check out a short clip from the event below, and read out recap of Burna Boy's first New York show, here.

NIGERIA— Nigerian actor and musician Banky W. is finally tying the knot. The artist and his finace Adesua Etomi, who recently appeared together in the Netflix film The Wedding Party, shared photos from their traditional introduction ceremony on Sunday along with open love letters to one another via Instagram. Check out our gallery of some of the photos here.

DIASPORA—The MTV Movie and TV Awards went down on Sunday (May 7) and many of our favorite African celebrities were in attendance. South African comedian Trevor Noah took home the award for Best Host and took the opportunity to get a dig in at Trump. British-Ugandan actor, Daniel Kaluuya, won the Next Generation award for his work in Get Out. Senegalese-American show runner Issa Rae and her Nigerian costar Yvonne Orji were also in attendance for the unprecedented award show, where for the first time, TV shows were considered and gender-specific categories where done away with.

Check out some photos below and read our full recap of African actors who owned the MTV Movie & TV Awards here.

Born A Crime👏👏👏👏#mtvawards#besthostaward

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Clapping for #DanielKaluuya Next Generation award win (and for his accent) 😍#MTVAwards

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DIASPORA— A film about the first openly gay soccer player, British-born, Nigerian and Guyanese athlete, Justinus Soni "Justin" Fashanu, premiered at the HotDocs film festival in Toronto over the weekend, reports Shadow and Act.

The documentary unpacks Fashanu tumultuous career, and documents his ongoing battles with race and sexuality in his personal life and in the sports world. Read his story here, and watch the trailer for Forbidden Games below.

DIASPORA—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, took to Facebook late last night (May 7) to announce a new campaign to encourage fellow Nigerians to buy and wear Nigerian brands in order to support the country’s economy called “Wear Nigerian.” Read her full Facebook status, where she discusses the shortcomings of the Nigerian government in relations to economic growth and explains why she’s decided to embark on the project.

NIGERIA—Eighty-two Chibok girls were released on Saturday in a negotiation between the Nigerian government, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Boko Haram. This means that 113 of the 276 who were originally abducted are still unaccounted for. A list of the names of the girls who have been released was shared by the president’s office on Twitter on Sunday (May 7), reports BBC Africa. However, not all of the victim’s families have access to social media, and thus, some are still not sure as to whether or not their daughters are amongst the group who have been released.

"I have never been happy in my life like today. I am a mother. I accept any child that is back. My baby will be back soon, if she is among them or if she isn't, said Esther Yakubu, one of the mothers. Read the full story via BBC Africa.

NIGERIA— President Muhammadu Buhari is headed back to London for further medical treatment, reports BBC Africa. His ailing health has caused concern amongst Nigerians since the beginning of the year, when the 74-year-old president, took a seven week medical leave beginning in January. Buhari told citizens “that there is no cause for worry” in a statement on Monday. Once again, he’ll be away for an unspecified time and has left Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo in charge in the meantime. Read the full story via BBC Africa.


6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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