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Teni the Entertainer's 'Sugar Mummy' Is an Anthem for Women Who are 'Proud to Be Different'


"There's an assumption that women have to look a certain way to be feminine, but I don't want to conform to that stereotype. My thing is this: You don't get to decide how I choose to live my life," the artist tells Vogue Magazine.

Nothing can hold Teni the Entertainer back, and this message is clear as ever in her latest music video "Sugar Mummy."

In the upbeat song, the artist lets the world know that she's willing to take on anyone who gets in her way—especially the haters and naysayers. In the song's lively music video, directed by DK, the artist can be seen doing just that—taking on folks on the street before having an intense, but hilarious eba and chicken eating contest with popular Nigerian actress Eniola Badmus.

READ: Teni the Entertainer is the Breakout Star of 2018

"I want to make 'Sugar Mummy' a positive term," says the artist in a recent profile in Vogue. "She is a woman with swag, who looks good, who is proud to be different."


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The 26-year-old artist spoke with the magazine about her time attending a "PWI" in the States, her style and love for sneakers, as well as her dedication to owning who she is despite the pressures often placed on women to look and act a certain way:

There's an assumption that women have to look a certain way to be feminine, but I don't want to conform to that stereotype. My thing is this: You don't get to decide how I choose to live my life. I'm being me—respect that.

She also discussed using her growing platform for good, revealing a time when she helped a fan going through a dire situation.

This girl was on the verge of committing suicide, so I immediately got her number and reached out to her," she says. "She explained that watching my funny Instagram videos had kept her going. It was in that moment that I realized how powerful my influence can be. If I can be a source of hope and joy to somebody, then I'm doing something right.

When we caught up with the artist last December, she expressed a similar sentiment about wanting to bring people joy through her music and Instagram comedy. "Teni the Entertainer is about bringing positivity into a world that needs a lot of it through entertainment," she told OkayAfrica, "It could be turning societal issues around me into light-hearted moments, or singing about them. Regardless, it is all about making the world a happier place."

With "Sugar Mummy" the artist is keeping good on her mission to deliver feel-good entertainment. Watch the energetic music video above.

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Listen to 10 Great Songs From Johnny Clegg

Here are some of the best songs to remember South Africa's son of the soil.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that South African musician, Johnny Clegg, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Understandably, heartfelt tributes have been pouring in ever since. Long before it was cool (or even legal) to be in close proximity to blackness and anything attached to it in South Africa, Clegg, a white man, was doing just that. That is exactly why he was given the endearing title of South Africa's "son of the soil."

Growing up during Apartheid, Clegg was taught how to speak the Zulu language by a domestic worker named Charlie Mzila. In his teenage years, his appreciation for the Zulu culture continued and he soon learnt the traditional dance styles known as isishameni and also learnt how to play the Maskandi guitar. Clegg's music was a beacon of light during a very dark time in South Africa's history and his songs about Nelson Mandela (at a time where songs were banned for merely mentioning the name of the late statesman and other key struggle activists) brought the country together.

It is irrefutable that a music giant has fallen. However, Clegg leaves behind a wealth of music featuring other great South African artists and groups such as Zakwe, Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Juluka/Suvuka, among several others. His music undeniably brought South Africans and people all around the world together.

We've picked ten of our favorite songs from the late musician's discography in honor of a life that was lived to the fullest.

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The 12 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Stonebwoy, Mahmoud Ahmed, Tiwa Savage x Zlatan, Africa Express, Juls x Mr Eazi and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Beyoncé Wore These 2 African Designers in Her Music Video for 'Spirit'

Queen Bey continues to include and give a nod to African talent in her visuals.

As we draw even closer to Disney's The Lion King opening in theaters this week, Beyoncé continues to lead the way with her new music video for "Spirit"—the first single off of the film's album she produced and curated, The Lion King: The Gift.

Shot in the Havasu Falls in Arizona's Grand Canyon, Beyoncé and her legion of beautiful dancers are one with nature and its various elements as she beckons us to be brave and hear the calling of spirit. As we noted when she announced the album, the track opens with a call and response in Swahili that translates to "Long live the king": Uishi kwa mda mrefu mfalme—uishi kwa.

Keeping our eyes peeled for African influences in the music video, it's evident that is seen in the choreography. We even spotted our extended fam with the afrobeats moves—the AVO Boys: Stephen Ojo and Caleb Bonney—as two of her dancers in the video.

Beyoncé continues to also give a nod to African talent through the looks she donned in "Spirit" styled by her mainstay, Zerina Akers.

Take a look at the two African designers she wore in the video below.

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