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M.anifest Enlists Burna Boy for New Single 'Tomorrow'

Check out the music video for the feel-good track, from M.anifest's upcoming project 'The Gamble.'

Ghanaian rapper M.anifest enlists Grammy-nominated Burna Boy—who is fresh off a standout feature on Stormzy's "Own It"—for his latest song and music video "Tomorrow" from his upcoming album The Gamble.

The mid-tempo love song is the latest collaboration from the two artists, who worked together on the socially-charged track "Another Story" from Burna Boy's African Giant album. The artists are at a change of pace on "Tomorrow" which sees them singing lovingly about living life to the fullest, since "tomorrow isn't promised," atop airy production.


The colorful music video sees the artist in a tropical setting, serenading their love interests. Burna Boy shines on the chorus, while M.anifest delivers verses that highlight his skillful flow. The video was directed by Apagnawen Annankra and Scilla Owusu.

M.anifest has remained consistent throughout 2019, working with several artists and appearing earlier this year on Tim Westwood where he dropped a memorable freestyle that had many talking once again about his skillful lyricism. The artist is set to drop his new album The Gamble this Friday, November 28 so be on the lookout for it. It's his first release since 2016's Nowhere Cool, which received positive reviews.

Check out the music video for 'Tomorrow" up above.

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Angelique Kidjo performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at Microsoft Theater on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

'Take Africa Out of It and There's No Music for Y’all,' Angelique Kidjo on Success, ‘World Music’ & Championing New African Talent

OkayAfrica caught up with the legendary Beninese singer following her recent Grammy win and her feature on the collaborative electronic track 'Milambi.'

Last month, Angelique Kidjo won her fourth Grammy in the 'Best World Music' category. But it wasn't quite like every other year she had been nominated for the award. This time she shared the nomination with fellow African act Burna Boy, the first artist of the continent's current afropop scene to earn a nomination. While there's no question that Kidjo, who won for her 2019 album Celia, was beyond deserving (this was by no means a Kendrick-Macklemore scenario), Kidjo made the conscious decision to dedicate her award to Burna and urged viewers to pay attention to the wealth of new talent coming from the continent. "The new generation of artists coming from Africa are going to take you by storm and the time has come," said the artist.

Her vocal support for African talent isn't new though. As Kidjo notes, she gave a similarly memorable speech when she won four years ago for her album Sings, and she sounds fierce and impassioned as she speaks about it over the phone. After all, Kidjo has always been notably forward-looking in life and in music—experimentation doesn't scare her. Her latest work is on a futuristic, electronic project from Swiss DJ and producer Pablo Nouvelle and she expresses excitement about the novel methods in which African artists are creating and amplifying their music.

We caught up with Kidjo following her latest Grammy win and the release of her joint single with Nouvelle, "Milambi," to discuss her support of the new crop of talent emerging from the continent, fame, the controversy around the 'Best World Music' category, and remaining true to her identity in a Western-oriented music industry.

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Cardi B is Headed to South Africa for Castle Light’s Unlocks Concert

Cardi B will be performing in South Africa in June.

Cardi B will headline the 10th edition of Castle Light's Unlocks series of events. The event will take place in June at the TicketPro Dome.

Castle Light Unlocks has hosted some of the biggest hip-hop stars such as Drake, J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Travis Scott, Post Malone and Meek Mill among some of the biggest South African hip-hop stars.

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The Gorillaz Enlist Fatoumata Diawara for New Track 'Désolé

A stunning collaboration that we didn't even know we needed.

The Gorillaz enlist none other than Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara for their latest single "Désolé," the second single from the hit-making British band's Song Machine installation project.

"Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know," the band's drummer Russel Hobbs is quoted as saying in a statement via Pitchfork. Désole translates to "sorry" in French, but despite it's apologetic title, the song is a laid-back groove, elevated by vocals from lead singer Damon Albarn and Diawara, who sings in English, French and Bambara.

"She's an African Queen," Russel adds. "This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that's not true.... Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips."

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month

Featuring Diamond Platnumz x Tanasha, Sauti Sol, Rayvanny, Sheebah, Victoria Kimani and more.

February has been dominated by familiar voices in East African music.

Here are our picks of the best East African songs of the month featuring Diamond Platnumz, Sheebah, Rayvanny and more.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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