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Yasiin Bey Has Three New Albums On the Way, Plays a New Song at Art Basel

In an interview with WNAL at Miami's Art Basel, Yasiin Bey reveals that he plans to release three new albums before his retirement.

This Friday, December 9th, Yasiin Bey is due to release a new album as Dec. 99th, his collaboration project with Ferrari Sheppard.


Well, in an interview with WNAL at Miami's Art Basel (via Pitchfork), the man formerly-known-as Mos Def has revealed that he also plans to release two additional new albums: the Mannie Fresh-produced As Promised and another record, Negus in Natural Person. 

That means we could have three new albums from Yasiin Bey before his well-announced retirement. Though no dates have been confirmed for As Promised and Negus in Natural Person.

As Okayplayer reports, Yasiin also performed a new track over the weekend at Art Basel. Okayplayer writes:

All eyes are on Yasiin Bey this week as the artist formerly known as Mos Def readies his grand exit from the bidness. But just before we wave goodbye to the as-of-late reclusive great, he’s graced us with some newness during a recent performance at Boiler Room‘s Saul Williams-presented 'In Appreciation of Lyricism' event at Art Basel this past weekend, where he performed a breezy new cut, which we can only assume will be on one his three new albums on the way (promising to perform them at his rapidly approaching final shows at the Kennedy Center and The Apollo Theater.

Watch video of the event below. Yasiin's performance starts at around the 5-hour, 12-minute mark.

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According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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