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Yasiin Bey Confirms His Retirement in a Live Stream From Cape Town

Yasiin Bey went on Facebook live today to announce his retirement in a feed from Cape Town.

Yasiin Bey went on Facebook live today to confirm his retirement in a feed from Cape Town.


"I'm retiring for real this year. This week was the 17th anniversary of Black On Both Sides being released," he says. "I'm grateful to have had the career that I've been able to enjoy, as I say to many people... my brother and sisters, thank you for spending your money and more importantly your time."

Yasiin also mentions that he has to cancel his upcoming European shows. But, although he can't make it over there, he has a solution: he'll be live streaming his concert for all paying ticket holders live from Cape Town.

In the live stream, Yasiin also mentioned that he'd be performing new material that he hasn't performed anywhere else live and will be taking seven requests every night.

He also mentions he has "one or two" films that he'll be in due to prior commitments.

"Apart from that, I'm moving on to other things. Still being creative. Definitely fashion, textiles and just art. Whatever I can create that's beautiful and useful," he says.

He also shouts out Jay Z and vows to give TIDAL exclusives on his new music. Then goes on to shout out friends and legends like Madlib, Tribe, Living Colour, Kanye West, and many many more.

"This is my retirement party year."

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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