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Watch the Dazzling Video For Wizkid's 'Fake Love Featuring Duncan Mighty

Starboy comes through with yet another jam.

Wizkid has been consistently churning out jam after jam since the top of the year, and he's back with yet another one.

The singer has dropped the music video for his buzzed about track featuring fellow Naija singer and producer Duncan Mighty, "Fake Love."

The glimmering music video, directed by frequent Wizkid collaborator, Clarence Peters, backs the melodious Killertunes-produced track, with its cool undertones and crystal-clear visuals.


On the nearly 4-and-a-half minute track Starboy and Duncan can be heard singing about whether they'd receive as much love as they do, if their status and riches disappeared.

This is Wizkid's latest offering, following the smooth, summertime banger "Kana" with Olamide. Revisit that track here, and watch the music video for "Fake Love" below.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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