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Watch Tanzanian Up-and-Comer Mike Song's New Video For 'Temptation'

Video Premiere: "This song is my real story, this is me. I am the kid hustling on the streets, life is hard fighting all day, every day just to get by," says the rising artist Mike Song.

Mike Song's story is a compelling one.

At 17, he was living homeless in Dar Es Salaam, when he saw an ad for a music production workshop in Zanzibar. Mike managed to borrow enough money to make his way over and it was at that workshop that he met Beating Heart Project production team Saronde.

"Temptation" was born during those days at the workshop, as "Mike stepped up to the mic and proceeded to enchant the room with the sweetness and sincerity of his voice," Beating Heart mentions. "When he was asked what the song was about, Mike spoke about how his father had died when he was young, he was looking after his mother and younger sister and was tempted to give up pursuing his dreams of music to get a normal job."

"This song is my real story, this is me. I am the kid hustling on the streets, life is hard fighting all day, every day just to get by," Mike Song tells OkayAfrica. "My creative struggle is real; my friends support me but I often feel the temptation to quit—I also hear the voice of my father telling me not to give up. My passion is singing and know deep down that life is going to be OK because I have my friends and family, but for now I have to focus on my dreams of being a successful performer."

Watch out music video premiere for "Temptation" below, the song is out today on Beating Heart.

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Davido, Nasty C, VanJess, Vanessa Mdee, Sauti Sol & More to Preform at Essence Fest 2019

This year's lineup is 🔥.

The Essence Fest line up has just been announced, and it features some of our favorite artists from the continent.

The annual summer festival takes place on 4th of July weekend in New Orleans, and is one of the largest black festivals in the nation. This festival will celebrate its 25th year in 2019, with 25 experiences throughout the weekend.

Nigerian megastar Davido, who recently set a major record for Nigerian pop with his hit single "Fall" is set to perform during this year's festival. Sibling R&B duo VanJess will also be performing.

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