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Watch The Best Throwback Thursday Music Video by Cameroon's Rick James

Jimmy Takoube's music video for "Dream Me Up" resurfaced on the internet this week—read more to find out why it's a must-watch.

I can surely speak for everyone at Okayafrica that for the past couple of days, we've been obsessively watching the music video of Jimmy Takoube's 1988 jam, "Dream Me Up," for the obvious—it's hilarious, yet brilliant.

From the threads to his hairdo, the Cameroonian new wave crooner channels his inner Rick James—shamelessly taking another guy's woman (from out of his car!!) and proceeds to serenade her with killer dance moves in a cobalt blue jumpsuit. Let's also not forget about the noteworthy hair salon scenes.

To me, this video and song are a great example of the pop culture exchange between the diaspora and the continent. It's always been a thing—and judging by the cross-cultural collaborations we've seen this year alone, it will always be a thing (yes, I'm looking at you, Drake).

Of course, the editorial squad's been trying to dig up all we can on Takoube, though searching for him on Google yields sparse results. We do have a few leads, so keep a lookout for more on Takoube very soon.

Take a look at "Dream Me Up" below:

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Eli Fola Offers a 'Soundscape to Freedom' With New Performance Visuals

The multidisciplinary artist's latest release "Blackness Be Divine" gives listeners a glimpse into what the musician has to offer.

Nigerian born-Brooklyn based artist Eli Fola is back in our hearts and on our screens, with the latest music video release for his single "Blackness Be Divine" off of his EP, Soundscape to Freedom.

The DJ, saxophonist and producer's release comes from his own production and events label Tech Afrique.

The EP's opening track, "Blackness Be Divine" is, "like a letter of empowerment to all Black people across the diaspora to embrace their brilliance and to know that they are royalty living in this world," he says. "The project was inspired by events that took place this year during the middle of the pandemic with the rise of the black lives matter movement and protest across the country."

Although the EP is only six tracks long, it certainly packs a punch with its hypnotic rhythms, nostalgic house beats and graceful lyrics heard throughout the project. It truly is a unique musical adventure.

Eli Fola's self-proclaimed "Yoruba tech soul" elements are loud and clear in this brilliantly eclectic piece of music.

Watch Eli Fola's performance visuals for "Blackness Be Divine" below.

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Interview: Sun-El Musician Is Going 'To the World & Beyond'

Thirteen years ago, Sun-El Musician left his home in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal and dropped out of university to move to Joburg and pursue a dream that continues to unfold with To the World & Beyond, the much-anticipated followup to his debut album