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This Clip of the Dream Catchers  Dancing to 'Brown Skin Girl' Is the Cutest Thing You'll See Today

The viral video of the Nigerian dance crew performing to Beyoncé, Wizkid and Blue Ivy's "Brown Skin Girl" is what the song is all about.

We love us some Dream Catchers.Dream Catchers.

The young Nigerian dance crew have blessed us with many memorable dance numbers, but their latest might be our favorite yet. The crew shared a clip of them dancing to Beyoncé, Wizkid and Blue Ivy's "Brown Skin Girl," a standout from Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift album, which celebrates the beauty of dark-skinned black women.

In the clip, the young dancers appear elated as they dance and sing along to the song's empowering lyrics. "Brown skin girl, your skin just like pearls. The best thing in the world, never trade you for anybody else." The clip has since gone viral, with over 40,000 likes and counting.


"To me, it doesn't get much better than this. Brava, Beyonce," wrote Ava DuVernay. "You've done a beautiful thing here. I see pride. I see joy. #BrownSkinGirlChallenge." Many online have shared similar heartfelt reactions to the clip.

The song has spurred the #BrownSkinGirlChallenge. Lupita Nyong'o who Beyoncé name drops in the song shared a video of her reaction to hearing the line.

If you needed a Monday morning pick-me-up, here it is. Check out the full Dream Catchers' "Brown Skin Girl" dance routine below, and keep up with the group via their Instagram page.

Beyonce - Brown Skin Girl (Dance Video) by The Happy African Kids (Dream Catchers) ft. Wizkid www.youtube.com

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Interview: Bizzle Osikoya Is the A&R Shaping the Voice of a New Generation

We caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of The Plug Management to talk about the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music and what it takes to break out as an artist.

The meteoric rise of Nigeria's burgeoning music industry over the last few years is definitely one for the books. From high profile collaborations that have graced international charts to appearances on American late night TV and a Grammy nomination, the Nigerian sound is sitting at the epicenter of a global conversation that the world—including Queen Bey herself —seem to scrabbling to get a piece of the action.

However, way before this global infiltration and westernized conflation of Africa's assortment of genres into one Afrobeats, Bizzle Osikoya was studying Music Business in England and plotting for a way to be a part of what he knew was inevitable. "I remember going to clubs in school and they would always play Jamaican music but rarely Nigerian songs. I knew we made good music here but I knew I couldn't sing. So I was motivated to come back, go behind the scenes, and see how we can make that crossover possible," he tells OkayAfrica.

More than a decade after making the intrepid decision to venture into A&R, helping artists find and develop their sound, Bizzle's creative genius has cascaded across different musical generations, from the piracy rife CD mix era with artists like Naeto C, Wande Coal and Dr. Sid to a streaming era populated with hits from Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage and Davido.

Following the success of his latest project, Oxlade's Oxygene, we caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of the Plug Management—a talent management company that has managed Davido, Peruzzi and DJ Obi—to talk about what it takes to break out as an artist, the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music, and how "alté" is not the same thing as alternative music.

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