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Nonso Amadi Is Making His Unique Blend of Afro-Fusion

We speak with the Toronto-based Nigerian artist about his new self-produced EP, Free, which includes features from Mr Eazi and Simi.

Nonso Amadi is a Toronto-based musician cooking up his own blend of afro-fusion by mixing influences from his Nigerian background with elements of RnB, soul, pop and much more.

His releases and production over recent years have made Nonso one of the standout acts from a new wave of young Nigerian artists experimenting and pushing boundaries on both sides of the Atlantic.

The 23-year-old artist just dropped his latest release, Free, a 6-song EP which features appearances from Mr Eazi on lead single "Go Outside" and Simi, who provides vocals on "Better." The EP was entirely produced by Nonso himself, with a little help from British-Ghanaian producer Juls and AoD.

We spoke with Nonso Amadi during a visit to NYC about his genre-bending EP below.

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Watch Lazarus' New Music Video For 'Moyo Wanga'

"This song talks about my life and my struggle, the dangers and discrimination I've faced because I have albinism. Now I have an opportunity to fight for the survival of my people," says Lazarus.

Lazarus is a rising artist from Malawi who's fighting for social change for people with albinism in his country, and across Africa.

He just released his debut album, Stomp On The Devil, which blends traditional Malawian styles with modern folk, all shaped by Lazarus' past as a street musician.

The 11-song record was produced by Johan Hugo, who you may know from his work with The Very Best, Baaba Maal, and Mumford & Sons, and was recorded outside Lazarus' house to better capture the sound of the streets of Malawi.

As a person with albinism, Lazarus suffers a lot of senseless persecution in Malawi, an issue that's at the focus of the short documentary, Lazarus, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Today we're premiering the new music video for "Moyo Wanga" released alongside Extinction Rebellion. The video, directed by Johan Hugo, follows Lazarus as he performs at home in Malawi, as well as across New York City, through rotoscoped footage.

It features cameos from Leonardo DiCaprio, Mumford & Sons, David Arquette, Bon Iver, The National, Banning Eyre, and more.

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Here Are All the Samples In Burna Boy's 'African Giant'

This video breaks down all the African Giant samples & interpolations, including songs from Fela Kuti, Magic System, Naughty By Nature, D'banj and more.

Since it dropped, Burna Boy's highly-anticipated album African Giant has been making waves and getting played on constant rotation all over the place.

The 19-track album, which includes features from Angelique Kidjo, Damian Marley, Future, M.anifest, Jorja Smith, Jeremih and more, sees the buzzing Nigerian star delivering several addictive shades of his signature afro-fusion sound as he blends in influences from afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop, RnB and more.

Listeners have also been spotting some of the many samples and interpolations used across African Giant and now, Sample Chief, a platform for African music knowledge, has put them all together in video form.

Read: Sample Chief Selects 5 of Their Favorite Samples

The samples and interpolations across African Giant include the use of Fela's "Sorrow, Tears & Blood" and Angelique Kidjo's "We WE" (in "Anybody"), Naughty By Nature's "Jamboree" (in "Collatelral Damage"), Magic System's "1er Gaou" ("On The Low"), plus many more from the likes of Stereoman, Ududo Nnobi, Blak Ryno, and D'banj.

Check them all out below courtesy of Sample Chief.

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Watch Odunsi (The Engine)'s New Video For 'Wetin Dey / Better Days'

Two end-of-summer jams.

Odunsi (The Engine), one of the leading artists coming out of Nigeria's new wave, comes through with two surprise singles, "Better Days" and "Wetin Dey."

"Better Days" is a hazy production helmed by P2J, who comes off working on big projects for the likes of Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift and Burna Boy's African Giant. The guitar-flanked track features vocals from singer-songwriter WANI, who we've previously covered.

The hip-hop-leaning "Wetin Dey" samples a classic tune from Nigerian underground rap pioneers Ruff Rugged & Raw, which was also titled "Wetin Dey (Omukeke)."

Read: Odunsi Is the Artist Transforming Nigerian Music

Odunsi is coming off the drop of his latest single "Tipsy," featuring RAYE, and the success of his 13-song debut album, rare., which featured appearances from Davido, Runtown, Santi, Nasty C, Tay Iwar and more.

Listen to his two new singles "Better Days" and "Wetin Dey" below.

Update 8/15/19: Watch the new Lagos-shot music video for "Wetin Dey / Better Days" below.

"With 'Wetin Dey' I wanted to express the youth in Lagos going out and having fun," Odunsi tells The Fader. "I was inspired by the Will Smith 'Summertime' video. I always wanted to recreate that. 'Better Days' has a bit of a darker theme of running away after doing something evil. I had to shoot two videos because I like both songs as much as the other."

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