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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.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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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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The 6 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wavy the Creator x WurlD, Epoque, Tems, Silverstone Barz, Kofi Jamar, Olamide x Jaywillz and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases 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 and Apple Music here.

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