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WANI's 'China Designer' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

PREMIERE: Watch the new music video for this addictive jam from the Lagos City Vice EP.

WANI is a relative newcomer to the Nigerian scene whose debut EP, Lagos City Vice, has been making the rounds since its release last year.

The 6-track Lagos City Vice blends afro-fusion, dancehall and RnB influences into smooth compositions informed by WANI's time across Nigeria, the UK and Chicago. The EP features popular tracks like "2face Riddim," "What You Like," and the release's clear standout, "China Designer."

Today we're premiering the new music video for "China Designer," an highly-addictive jam that's sure to get you in weekend mode.

"Shot by Xamani, the video for 'China Designer' plays up to the Lagos City Vice aesthetic as it captures a lustful romance between WANI and his love interest," his team tells OkayAfrica.


Watch our premiere of "China Designer" below and you can stay updated on WANI by following him on Twitter and Instagram.

WANI - China Designer [Official Music Video] youtu.be


For more Nigerian music, follow our new NAIJA HITS playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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What to Watch at Home During Coronavirus Shutdown: ARRAY's New Digital African Film Series

The film platform, from director Ava DuVernay, is hosting a weekly movie-viewing experience for the "global online community of cinephiles."

If you're looking for African films to dive into while at home during the coronavirus outbreak, a new digital series from award-winning director Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY is a great place to start. The multi-media platform and arts collective is launching its #ARRAYMatinee series, and each film will be available for viewing here.

#ARRAYMatinee is a virtual movie-viewing experience that will screen a string of the collective's previously released independent films from Africa and the diaspora. The weekly series begins on Wednesday, April 1 with a viewing of the 2015 South African coming-of-age film Ayanda. "Viewers will take a cinematic journey to the international destinations and cultures featured in five films that were released via the ARRAY Releasing independent film distribution collective that amplifies that work of emerging filmmakers of color and women of all kinds," says the platform in a press release. To promote a communal viewing experience, viewers are also encouraged to have discussions on Twitter, using the hashtag #ARRAYMatinee.

The five-part series will run weekly until May 13, and also includes films from Liberia, Ghana, and Grenada. See the full viewing schedule below with descriptions from ARRAY, and visit ARRAY's site at the allotted times to watch.

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'If you have no savings you are screwed': South African Artists Call For Coronavirus Relief

South African artists take to social media to criticize the government's lack of plans during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

On Monday morning, a few ministers—including the minister of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa—asked South Africans on Twitter to partake in a #LockdowngymChallenge.

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8 South African Albums & EPs to Stream While Staying Home

Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

This month saw a number of releases from South African artists. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken money away from a majority of artists, this could be the best time for listeners to go through the new music that was released.

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The First Black President of a First-Tier European Football Club Passes Away

Pape Diouf, the former President of French football club Marseille, has died after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Pape Diouf, the former President of French football club Marseille, has died according to reports by The Guardian.

Diouf, who is of Senegalese origin, had been hospitalised in Senegal after having tested positive for the coronavirus. He was 68.

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