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This New Documentary Explores the Golden Age of Sudanese Music

Sudanese journalist Yousra Elbagir searches for what was lost in part one of her BBC Radio 4 documentary, "No Singing, No Movement."

A new documentary aired on BBC Radio 4 today that takes a deep dive into Sudan's lively musical past.

"I've always known growing up that music was a crucial part of my Sudanese identity—a way for me to connect with my homeland from the UK," Sudanese journalist Yousra Elbagir says. "But, I'm curious to find out what Sudanese music means within its own environment. Not only how it connects us to Sudan, but how it connects us to the world. And I want to find out what was lost."


In the first part of "No SInging, No Movement," Elbagir investigates her homeland's past and present, in light of the abrupt changes that came from Islamic rule in the 1980s.

Photo courtesy of Yousra Elbagir.

You'll hear Elbagir speak with her mother, as she reminisces the days where Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles would come to their country to perform, as well as an introduction to the height of Sudanese music between the 1950s and the 1970s—including the ever popular girl group, The Nightingales.

Elbagir explores the changing atmosphere during that period, including the 80s and early 90s, the restrictions brought in after Sudan's 1989 coup, and digs into what music means in a country that's come up against famine, civil war and economic and political crisis. She looks to legendary musician Sharhabeel Ahmed, who managed to stay on track, for perspective and insight.

Listen to the first part of the documentary here, and stay tuned for part two soon.

'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

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Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-made looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

READ: Best Nigerian Songs of 2018

Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

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