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Niniola Brings Africa To The World With New Album 'Colours and Sounds'

The songstress is joined by heavyweights Timbaland, Afro B and Femi Kuti on her tour of Africa's dance sounds.

Nigerian Queen of Afro-House Niniola is back with a bang and a new album titled, "Colours and Sounds".

With this being only her second album release, Niniola is surely set out to take over the world. And with endorsements from the likes of legendary American singer Beyoncé and rap superstar Drake, she is sure to succeed. And while the international hype is welcomed, it's clear to see that the Nigerian powerhouse is here to show off the multitude of talent and beauty that Africa and it's music scene has to offer.

The album, co-produced by musical genius Timbaland, Sarz ( a long time contributor of Niniola's), Nigerian beatmakers Kel-P and Nonso Amadi, Jamaica's Teflon Zincfence and Shuffle Muzik, hailing from South Africa, features too many big names to focus. With Ninola's combining of the essence of South Africa's Amapiano, Jamaican dancehall, and of course, traditional afro-beat elements, it's not surprising to understand why or how.

Collaborations include Nigerian icon Femi Kute, South Africa's qgom queen Busiswa, Kenyan quarted Sauti Sol, and so many more.

With so many cooks in the kitchen, one might think that an artists' voice may get lost among them, but Niniola stands strong and true to herself and voice. Of the album she says, "My music is colourful, and vibrant -- it's travelled across borders and it's being played by different ethnicities, whether Black or white. Even though my root genre is Afro-House, I can do it all -- R&B, pop, folk. I am a [woman] of many Colours and Sounds."


Check out Niniola's music video for "Look Like Me Here" off of her new album "Colours and Sounds" here.

NINIOLA - LOOK LIKE ME (OFFICIAL VIDEO) www.youtube.com

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Nonso Amadi Is Making His Unique Blend of Afro-Fusion

We speak with the Toronto-based Nigerian artist about his new self-produced EP, Free, which includes features from Mr Eazi and Simi.

Nonso Amadi is a Toronto-based musician cooking up his own blend of afro-fusion by mixing influences from his Nigerian background with elements of RnB, soul, pop and much more.

His releases and production over recent years have made Nonso one of the standout acts from a new wave of young Nigerian artists experimenting and pushing boundaries on both sides of the Atlantic.

The 23-year-old artist just dropped his latest release, Free, a 6-song EP which features appearances from Mr Eazi on lead single "Go Outside" and Simi, who provides vocals on "Better." The EP was entirely produced by Nonso himself, with a little help from British-Ghanaian producer Juls and AoD.

We spoke with Nonso Amadi during a visit to NYC about his genre-bending EP below.

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