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Y'akoto 'Perfect Timing'

Ghanaian-German afro-folk vocalist Y'akoto drops the video for 'Perfect Timing' off her forthcoming studio album 'Moody Blues'


German-Ghanaian afro-folk singer Y'akoto has a deeply soulful voice tinged with echoes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse that shines through on her latest offering "Perfect Timing." Serving as the lead single off her forthcoming album Moody Blues, "Perfect Timing" is a bittersweet admission of lost love and missed opportunities. The track's accompanying video casts the 26-year old vocalist as the Pied Piper of Accra as she rides through the city assembling a motley crew to join the ranks of her bike gang (comprised of none other than the crazy talented Flat Land Boys, a local BMX crew that previously showed off their skills in Blitz The Ambassador's "Make You No Forget" video). The impromptu vibe of the visuals helmed by South African director Lukas Kuhne also highlights Y'Akoto's vision behind the track: "I wrote 'Perfect Timing' for all the folks who believe in being and living in the moment. I missed the perfect timing a lot of times in my life but I chose to let go and enjoy the sweetness of being here." Watch the video below and pre-order Moody Blues available August 22nd on iTunes.

 

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Shirazee is back with his latest single "Juju."

The new song sees the Benin-born singer-songwriter linking up with none-other-than Saint Jhn for a highly-addictive tune built on afro-fusion beat work. The striking new music video for "Juju," which was directed by Tiara Marei, follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans, Louisiana.

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"[I'm] looking forward to releasing new music this year and the first of two EPs called LOST is on the way and it's exciting," he adds.

For more on him, revisit our interview with Shirazee on his journey, taking risks and going independent. As you remember, Saint Jhn featured on Beyoncé and Wizkid's "Brown Skin Girl," one of our favorite songs last year.

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Pioneer NYC afrobeat ensemble Antibalas is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of their latest album, Fu Chronicles.

The new album takes listeners to older pre-gentrification days in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when the band was formed out of lead singer Duke Amayo's kung fu dojo.

Today we're premiering the new music video for album highlight, "Fight Am Finish," a song that about being ready for our daily battles and ultimately overcoming them. The music video was filmed in between Badagry and the New Afrika Shrine in Nigeria, as well as Grand Street in Brooklyn, the same street where Amayo's kung fu dojo was located and where he met founding Antibalas members Martin Perna and Gabe Roth.

"In 1803, Igbo slaves from Nigeria committed mass suicide off the U.S. coast near Georgia," Duke Amayo tells OkayAfrica. "It was the largest known mass slave suicide and uprising. The mutiny and suicide by the Igbo people has been called the 'first freedom march' in U.S. history. [This video] is my vision of a Nigerian slave returning to Africa to reclaim his freedom, land, and spirit. Fight Am Finish! Never ever let go of your dreams."

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The rising actress played Gloria in the 2016 film, based on the life of Chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, which also starred Madina Nalwanga, Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo.

Waligwa stood out in a scene in which she taught Phiona—who went on to excel in several international chess tournaments—the rules of the game. A pleasant presence on-screen, she delivered the memorable line: "In chess, the small one came become the big one."

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