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‘Akanamali’ Hitmaker Sun-El Musician Releases Another Potential Hit

Listen to "Bamthathile" by Sun-El Musician featuring Mlindo.

Last year, South African producer Sun-El Musician's hit single "Akanamali" featuring Samthing Soweto was one of the biggest hits of 2017. It was hard to miss; it was a permanent fixture on radio, TV, shebeens, clubs, phones and living rooms. Samthing Soweto's effortless vocals sat perfectly over a house we wouldn't have expected him to sing over.

Sun-El Musician just released a new single featuring the singer Mlindo. Titled "Bamthathile," the song sees Mlindo croon about a wife of his who left him.

Unlike "Akanamali" which leaned more towards house, "Bamthathile" is electro-based, with subtle synths accompanying the stacked vocals, which sound distant as if to emulate the elusiveness the woman in question.

Mlindo's singing style is reminiscent of maskandi and mbhaqanga.

The song is still catchy, even though it's of a slower tempo, and is highly likely to be as big as its predecessor.

Listen to "Bamthathile" below.

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Mr Eazi and Burna Boy Link Up In the Music Video for 'Miss You Bad'

The Nigerian stars connect for the latest single from Mr Eazi's "Lagos to London Vol. 2."

Mr Eazi enlists fellow Nigerian heavyweight artist Burna Boy for his latest song and video "Miss You Bad."

The emotional song sees the artist singing about a girl he's longing for, and reflecting on a relationship that's gone sour.

In the video, Mr Eazi sits in a colorful room while his special lady sits at a distance, capturing the strain in their relationship. Later in the video, he's joined by a fashionable Burna Boy who offers a tuneful verse about his own lover.

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Idris Elba Teams Up With Wiley, Sean Paul and Steflon Don on New Banger 'Boasty'

Yes, Idris Elba makes music too.

After it was announced earlier this month that Idris Elba is one of the many musical acts performing at Coachella this year, some folks on the internet were surprised to discover that the celebrated actor also makes music.

In fact, everyone's favorite zaddy DJ turned mega-actor, began his entertainment career as a pirate radio host. Elba reminds us that his music-making skills are still very much in tact on a banging new collaboration with British rapper Wiley "Boasty," which also features fellow British MC Steflon Don and Jamaican heavyweight Sean Paul.

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10 Albums That Prove Nigerian Rap Is Back On the Rise

Featuring Falz, M.I Abaga, Ice Prince, Poe, and more.

Until 2018, rap in Nigeria was all but dead. Lamba or party afropop blew up and became way more lucrative. There weren't too many rappers who were able to make commercial-yet-indigenous Nigerian rap music since the likes of MI Abaga and Ice Prince. More and more rappers were singing at the same time "Alte Cruise" was growing in Nigeria, trap was big in the US, grime was rediscovering itself in the UK and South Africa was at its most vital yet.

So what happened to Nigerian rappers? The big names were couched in the comfort of their pop status. The younger rappers were yet to find their voice and in these intervening years, lamba music just got bigger and bigger, and rap less lucrative. Whether planned or by coincidence, a slew of confident and well thought-out albums were released with the trend continuing in 2019.

Read on for our selection of the best new albums that prove Nigerian rap is back on the rise.

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