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The Director of Urban Music at YouTube Shares 5 Ways to Discover New African Music in 2019

We speak with music exec, Tuma Basa about the best ways to find new African music.

Music discovery just isn't the same anymore.

The Spotifys, Apple Musics and Tidals of the world have completely transformed the way we find new music. Gone are the olden days when we'd wait for new music to premiere on the radio or 106 & Park. The feeling of sliding in a new CD to a car stereo has been swapped with simply typing in an artist's name on a streaming app. This has major implications for what music ends up landing in front of us.

Tuma Basa, the Director of Urban Music at YouTube, refers to this as the "democratization" of music, in which choice is king and every artist and genre is available at our fingertips. But it also means there's a lot more "fluff" to sift through. It seems mediocre songs get more exposure than ever, making it harder to land on the actual "good stuff."

"There are so many choices now that you just have to be dope, and you have to be honest," says Basa. "Whereas, back in the day people just didn't have choices, maybe there's only one video channel. Maybe there was only one radio station that played your kind of music in your market. Now because of digital, the playing field has been equalized. I don't have to listen to an official thing, I can make it myself."

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Blood Orange Debuts Two New Songs During a Mellow Performance on 'The Late Late Show'

Hear the artists new singles "Dark & Handsome" and "Something To Do."

Blood Orange was the musical guest last night on The Late Late Show with James Corden, where he debuted two new singles for our listening pleasure.

The British-Sierra Leonean artist, backed by a group of four vocalists perched on a bench behind him, performed "Something To Do" and "Dark & Handsome," while lying on a bed of grass with a guitar in hand and a British flag beside him. It's a still and mellow performance.

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'Insecure' Isn't Returning Until 2020 and the Internet Can't Deal

How will we cope?!

All of our burning questions about the next chapter of Issa Rae's Insecure won't be answered until next year, as HBO has confirmed that the hit show will not be returning to the network for its fourth season until 2020.

The reason being, that the show's creator and star, is currently booked and busy. "Well, Issa became a big movie star!" Casey Bloys, HBO's programming president tells Vulture. "We're not the first place to deal with this, but when you're in business with very creative and talented people, there are a lot more opportunities for people to do things. Issa, I think, partly wanted a break to come back fresh."

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