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D.C.'s Elikeh Drop New Afropop Album, 'Adje! Adje!'

Hear a taste of D.C. band Elikeh's sophomore album, 'Adje! Adje!'

Coming from the cultural melting pot of Washington D.C. and led by Togolese singer/guitarist Massama Dogo, Elikeh is downright dirty. Their recently-released sophomore album, Adje! Adje!, features afropop with politically-driven lyrics, blaring horns, super funky guitars and a brilliant rhythm section. While Dogo provides a flawless Afropop “foundation” to the album, former Femi Kuti drummer Tosin Aribisala and the distorted shredding of guitarist John Lee take the music to another level. Watch the above video for a taste of Elikeh's live show. Head to their website for the full album.


Listen to a track off the album here: "Oleblemi" by Elikeh

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Femi Kuti & Stromae Appear On a New Coldplay Song 'Arabesque'

The Nigerian afrobeat legend and Belgian-Rwandan pop star will feature on Coldplay's new album, Everyday Life.

In a sentence we never thought we'd type, both Femi Kuti and Stromae appear on a new song from Coldplay.

Both the Nigerian legend and Belgian pop star are featured on "Arabesque," a newly released Coldplay track from their upcoming "more experimental" album Everyday Life (due November 22 via Parlophone/Atlantic), which was shared by the band alongside the main single "Orphans."

"Arabesque" is an expansive composition built on what sounds like North African-inspired guitars and rhythms, which call to mind the likes of Bombino and Tinariwen. The song sees Stromae delivering a verse in French.

Femi Kuti comes in around the 2-minute mark for a solid and extensive saxophone solo. The song also notably features a sample of Fela Kuti's famous quote "music is the weapon of the future."

Coldplay's Everyday Life is being promoted as a double album, which is split into two halves, Sunrise and Sunset. "Arabesque" is from the Sunrise portion of the album, while "Orphans" is from Sunset.

Listen to both "Arabesque" and "Orphans" below.

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This Is What Afro Nation Festival Looked Like

The first edition of the urban beach festival—featuring Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, and many more—looked incredible.

Afro Nation had its very first edition over the weekend in the Algarve region of Portugal.

The newly-launched gathering brought together top talent from across Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica, the U.K. and the U.S. for a 4-day long "urban beach festival."

Over its several days and nights, Afro Nation brought together afrobeats' rising stars with cemented legends for an impressive line-up.

The debut edition of Afro Nation boasted performances form the likes of Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, J Hus, D'Banj, Busy Signal, Buju Banton, Femi Kuti, Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Jidenna, Maleek Berry, Stonebwoy, Vanessa Mdee, and many more.

If you missed the action we've got some of the best moments and pictures from the debut Afro Nation festival below.

Afro Nation will be hosting a festival in Lagoma Beach in Accra, Ghana in December 27-30. Get more info on Afro Nation Ghana here.

See some highlights from the first ever Afro Nation festival below.

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Costa Titch Releases 2 ‘New Wave Remixes’ for his Viral Hit ‘Nkalakatha’

Costa Titch enlists PatrickxxLee, Indigo Stella, Champagne69 and others in two new remixes for 'Nkalakatha.'

The hype around Costa Tich's hit single "Nkalakatha" is not dying down anytime soon. After releasing a remix featuring South African hip-hop royalty in December 2019, the rapper recently shared two new remixes to the song.

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Watch Naira Marley's New Music Video for 'Tingasa,' Featuring C Blvck

The Nigerian artist's latest single is as infectious as ever.

Nigerian artist Naira Marley shares his latest music video for 'Tingasa,' the opening rack from his latest EP Lord of Lamba (LOL).

On the single—which also features his label mate C Blvk—Marley lays rapid and catchy lyrics in Pidgin and Yoruba over gritty dance production from star Nigerian producer Killertunes. The song is bold, energetic and features an infectious hook.

The hazy music video, directed by K Somto, takes place mostly in a car garage packed with luxury vehicles and motorbikes, as well as several members of the Marley's crew. They appear cool and collected as they dance along to the track's upbeat production.

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