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Watch Stormzy Deliver a Cover of ‘Brown Skin Girl’

The rapper took to BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to treat us to his take on Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift hit.

The Gift just keeps on giving. On his recent visit to BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, UK rapper Stormzy treated the audience to a cover of Beyoncé, Wizkid, Saint Jhn, and Blue Ivy's "Brown Skin Girl" from her recent album The Lion King: The Gift.

The song opens with Stormzy singing the chorus over a sole piano before a full band–complete with brass section–joins in while he raps an added verse to the track.


Stormzy kept up with the theme of the song with lyrics that nod to characters in The Lion King as well as words of affirmation and love to brown skin girls. He even pays homage to Beyoncé's own family with the closing line: "Young Jigga looking forward to my Blue/ Stay True."

Young Simba and his lioness
Young Simba got his mind fresh
This is for my unborn daughter
Man I'll never let you down.
On your head you wear a crown.

Stormzy is joined by rising singer Stalk Ashley who delivers a solid cover of the original over the energetic live band and harmonized backup vocals. Their rendition honors the intent of the original album. As Disney stated, it was a "love letter to Africa [that] highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives." Stormzy checks all those boxes, celebrates Queen Bey and still makes the track undeniably his.

Watch the live performances of "Brown Skin Girl" and his new single "Sounds of the Skeng" below.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

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