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Michael Brun & Shirazee's Acoustic Version of 'Soweto' Will Soothe Your Thursday

Premiering on OkayAfrica, watch the dynamic duo croon a love letter to the South African city.

Haitian-born artist Michael Brun links up with Beninese Afrosoul artist Shirazee for an acoustic version of their melodic house hit, "Soweto."

This stripped down version was recorded in Brun's new home of Brooklyn, giving us a smooth, soulful rhythmic cut with a languid, late-afternoon vibe. "Soweto" is Shirazee's love letter to a city that he spent a lot of time in growing up—a raspy serenade to a city whose beat enchanted him.

Take a look below.

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Watch Ciara Dance To Her Latest Single With South African Dancers In Soweto

Watch Ciara and some South African dancers dance to 'Freak Me.'

Ciara just released a short clip of her dancing to her newly released single "Freak Me," featuring Nigeria's Tekno. In the clip, the artist gyrates alongside South African dancers in a street in Soweto. She even does the gwara gwara.

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Soweto, South Africa. Photo courtesy of Jessica Nabongo

Tips for First-Time Solo Travelers

The Catch Me if You Can creator tells us how to plan for that first trip.

You always remember your first time. Mine was November 2007. I can't remember the exact day, but I remember how I felt—so nervous. I had bought the necessary supplies and I was well prepared and all I could do was wait for the day to come. When it finally came, I packed my bags, headed to the airport and boarded the plane. For the first time, I would be traveling to a new country by myself.

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5 Films to See at South Africa’s Encounters International Documentary Film Festival

Our guide to must-see African documentaries at Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Filmmakers, fanatics and industry heads assembled on Thursday at the V&A Waterfront’s Cinema Nouveau in Cape Town for the opening night of the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival.

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