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This 19-Year-Old Singer Has Your New R&B Meets Afrobeats Jam

Stream our premiere of Zion's debut single "No Wahala."

Zion is a young name in the R&B scene coming out of South London.

The 19-year-old British-Nigerian artist is now premiering his debut single, "No Wahala," an infectious R&B-meets-afrobeats excursion in which he samples Ivorian group Magic System's classic tune "1er Gaou."


Zion, who recently singed to Virgin EMI, is also sharing the new Sesan-directed music video for "No Wahala," which follows him, as a photographer, trying to find his leading lady.

"When I would go to African parties and weddings with my family and Premier Gaou by Magic System came on, I'd see everyone go crazy and move to the dance floor immediately including me," Zion tells OkayAfrica.

"Something about the drums and melodies used in that song was just magical to me, so I really wanted to incorporate it in what I was doing musically. I was scared when doing it because of how massive Premier Gaou is but after i had written and recorded it and started playing it to close friends and family everyone seemed to like it. I am very proud of my Nigerian heritage, so it is amazing that i got to put my spin on a record I've always loved."

Watch our premiere of the music video for Zion's "No Wahala" below. The track is available now.




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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.