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This Deleted 'Black Panther' Scene Reveals New Details About W'Kabi and Okoye's Relationship

Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya deliver striking performances in this newly released scene, introduced by Ryan Coogler.

We're still not over Black Panther and we likely won't ever be—when we say "Wakanda forever," we really mean it.

A new clip from USA Today takes us back to the beautiful, technologically advanced nation with a deleted scene that introduces new details into the storyline. Introduced by Ryan Coogler, the clip gives a glimpse into the relationship between Daniel Kaluuya's character W'Kabi and Danai Gurira's character Okoye—who we also learn are married. Coogler describes the scene as one he "was incredibly proud of as a director but didn't work inside of the confines of our film."


The 2-minute scene, which takes place in the Tribal Council Room, shows a confrontation between the couple as they react to T'Challa being overthrown by Killmonger. In it Okoye questions W'Kabi's loyalty to the King given how unfazed he seemed by his presumed death. W'Kabi then reveals that he still holds a burning resentment about T'Challa's failure to successfully capture Klaue—the man who murdered his mother and father.

The scene highlights Kaluuya and Gurira's killer acting chops as they both deliver strikingly powerful performances. Though we certainly think this scene should've made the the final cut, we're just glad we get to experience it now.

Ryan Coogler recently sat down for a talk entitled "From Page To Screen: A Black Panther Discussion with Writers and Filmmakers" and shared how his trip to the continent influenced Black Panther. Check it out via The Grio, and watch the standout deleted scene above.

Black Panther will be releases on Blu-ray and DVD on May 15. For more on Africa's undeniable influence on the film, revisit our talk with the director which took place ahead of its premiere in February.

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Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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Interview: Adekunle Gold Channels Refreshing Truths Into Afropop

Adekunle Gold achieves an artistic freedom that most mainstream artists don't have through a smooth balance of introspection and club bangers.

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths.

Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity of renewal.

Adekunle Gold is one of a handful in his profession who draws on a spectrum of experiences to make honest music which is consistent with the self-revelations of a growing man. This has become his biggest strength, allowing him to craft contemplative songs like "Sade" and "Oreke" and still create afropop magic like "Something Different"

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Elaine is The Most Streamed South African Woman Artist on Spotify in 2020

Elaine is the most streamed South African woman artist on Spotify in 2020, and her song 'You're The One' is the most streamed South African song across all genres.

South African R&B sensation Elaine has been breaking records and making history since she released her breakout hit "You're The One" which appears in the EP Elements (2019).

Today, Spotify revealed she is the most streamed South African woman artist on the platform by South African audiences. She is in the great company of Ami Faku, Demi Lee Moore, Sha Sha and Juanita Du Plessis among others. Elaine is the sixth most streamed South African artist across all genres and genders on the platform.

"You're The One" is the most streamed South African song across all genres on the platform. The song surpassed songs such as "eMcimbini (Live)" by Aymos, DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small, Mas Musiq, Myztro, Samthing Soweto and "Jerusalema (feat.Nomcebo Zikode)" by Master KG, Nomcebo Zikode. Her single "Risky" also cracked the top five most streamed SA songs.

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