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Falana's New Music Video for 'Ride or Die' Is a Must-Watch

The Nigerian singer returns with her first single in 4 years in this Daniel Obasi-directed work of art.

Falana couldn't let the year wrap up without making a statement.

The Toronto-raised Nigerian singer recently dropped the music video "Ride or Die"—her first single in 4 years—directed by Daniel Obasi.


The track highlights Falana's ability to stay in the pocket with afrobeat's elements of live instrumentation and catchy melodies, all the while making is clear that she's a loyal lover.

"'Ride Or Die' is song about a desire for intimacy, and sometimes our fear or inability to welcome it into our lives. We isolate ourselves despite attempts by even the most sincerest and truest love," Falana tells Clash Magazine. "No matter how much we smile and pretend like something isn't missing—we cannot thrive as human beings without intimacy...and it's a cold world."

As Falana struts through the National Theatre in the video, we can't get over the looks she dons that perfectly complement her signature hairstyle. You'll catch her wearing designs from Nigeria's own Orange Culture, Andrea Iyamah, I AM ISIGO and .

Take a look at "Ride or Die" below.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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