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Watch Runtown's New Music Video for 'International Badman Killa'

The Nigerian artist shares a lively video for the standout track from his 'Tradition" EP.

Nigerian artist Runtown is back with a new music video for his single "International Badman Killa." The song was featured on his surprise EP Tradition which dropped back in May.

The lively video for the Spellz-produced track sees that artist in several unique settings surrounded my futuristic cars and dancers as he performs the song's self-assured lyrics. The video was directed by Clarence Peters.


READ: How Runtown Got His Groove Back

Runtown dropped the music video for "Emotion" back in May, and the standout collaboration with Walshy Fire and Alkaline "No Negative Vibes" before then.

OkayAfrica spoke with the artist earlier this year about his return to music following a highly-publicized legal battle with his formal label. He's been back full-force ever since.

Watch the video for "International Badman Killa" below, and revisit Runtown's latest project Tradition.

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Listen to Runtown's Surprise Release of His New EP 'Tradition'

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Nigerian star hitmaker Runtown is back with the surprise drop of his latest EP, Tradition. The highly-anticipated 6-song release was due next Friday, but the artist got it all live earlier today.

"My team is probably going to kill me. I honestly tried my best to stick to the plan but I couldn't wait," Runtown mentions. "I have broken the protocols because I want you guys to have the music as quickly as possible. Do me a favor stream the EP until you can sing every song word for word."

Tradition features five new song alongside the previously released "Unleash," a collaboration with UK grime act Fekky.

The EP features production from Del B ("Redemption," "Unleash"), Spellz ("Emotions," "International Badman Killa"), Elputo ("Tradition") and Ransom Beatz ("Goose Bumps"). Overall, Tradition looks to bring the hazy & downtempo sonic world of Runtown's addictive hits like "Mad Over You" and "For Life" to higher levels.

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Runtown Teams Up With Alkaline and Walshy Fire on Feel-Good Anthem 'No Negative Vibes'

This one comes just in time for summer listening.

Nigerian artist Runtown links with Major Lazer's Walshy Fire and Jamaican dancehall artist Alkaline for the made-for-summer banger "No Negative Vibes."

The track, produced by Walshy Fire, is all about maintaining positive energy and living life to the fullest, as Runtown sings on the chorus an opening verse. Alkaline joins in with a melodic verse echoing the same sentiments sung in Patois.

READ: How Runtown Got His Groove Back

The accompanying music video, is a visual treat, shot by the renowned Nigerian director Meji Alabi. The nearly 4-and-a-half minute clip sees both Runtown and Alkaline head to Jamaica, where they enjoy time with friends, take in the vibrant energy on the streets and enjoy smoke sessions in the studio, all without any negative vibes to kill their upbeat moods.

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Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane Added to Rocking The Daisies 2020 Lineup

Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane will be performing in South Africa during this year's edition of Rocking The Daisies.

Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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