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Sun-El Musician’s ‘Africa To The World’ Album Knocks Hard

Sun-El Musician's debut album is potent.

South African producer Sun-El Musician scored one of the biggest hits last year. "Akanamali," which featured the singer Samthing Soweto, was a permanent fixture on radio, shebeens, living rooms and clubs alike.

On his recently released full-length album, Africa to the World, Sun-El proves he's capable of more.


The album's second single "Bamthathile" takes off where "Akanamali" left off. While the latter was chronicling dating while broke, on "Bamthathile," the singer Mlindo The Vocalist, mourns a lover who was taken away from him by another man. These things do happen, you see, and having a song to cry to helps.

But it's not all blues on Africa to the World. The opening song, "With You," features lush vocals by Desiree Dawson. Over a beat that sounds like a summer breeze, she sings of a special somebody whom she "see the sun when I look at you."

She sings on the second verse:

"I feel confused as my feelings show/ I know now, all the past I gotta let it go/ 'cause we here and it's clear that we belong this way/ so I'll just take your hand and kiss your lips again"

The album is packed with mid-tempo vocal house songs that excel in marrying vocals and beats seamlessly. Among the aforementioned songs are "Sengimoja," "Life We Live," "No Stopping Us," "Goodbye," "Umalukatane," "Sonini" and "Ntaba Ezikude," which are all near perfect vocal house tunes.

The instrumental songs "Random" and "The Wave" are strategically placed towards the end, just before "Bamthathile," as if to prepare you for the story of disappointment.

Sun-El managed to create different moods both sonically and through the vocalists he featured. And he managed to blend electro with South African house to create an album that can be enjoyed by locals and has great potential to be exported, which, according to the title, is one of his biggest goals.

Listen to Africa To The World below, and download it here.

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Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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