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We Listened to Tayo Faniran's 'Madingo' So You Wouldn't Have To

Just another day of taking one for the team.

In the midst of trying to escape the never ending rabbit hole that is the internet, we stumbled on this new song that's trending on Nigerian Twitter by reality-star-turned-afrobeats-artist Tayo Faniran.


The first runner up of Big Brother Africa 2014 had no problem making a name for himself by being an asshole. It appears he had no issue fighting with his housemates and just being straight up disrespectful—which the internet ate up during the season.

Anyway, Faniran recently dropped "Madingo"—which is your quintessential afrobeats song that follows the formula of pseudo-dancehall production (that I thought we left in 2015) and sexual innuendos that don't make sense.

The track honestly sounds like a bootleg version of Ketchup's "Pam Pam". The hook alone makes me want to throw a million side-eye emojis in his direction:

"Who that gyal with the biggest behind-o / I'm the one with the biggest madingo."

Really, though? Are we for real still on that hypermasculine, "let me tout my genitalia to bag a girl," wave? Let's also not forget the racist history of the term 'mandingo' in the States, and the mere fact that out of all of Nigeria's 250 (and counting) ethnic groups, the Mandinka/Mandingo people aren't one of them.

You tried to shoot the football in the goal, Tayo—but you missed by a long shot.

If you want to risk your ears from bleeding, listen below.

You can also find it on Apple Music.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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