Let’s do a Friday Diaspora edition. There are some half-baked attempts at linking the videos in here. But don’t take them too seriously. French-Congolese Youssoupha on living in France in ‘Irréversible’ (he couldn’t not refer to the charges laid against him):

Also residing in Paris these days is Togo’s YaoBobby. His ‘Afrique Enchantée’ comes with French lyrics:

The use of split-screen faces in music videos, in vogue in the diaspora and possibly with a second meaning, we also found in the video for ‘The Village’by Trinidad-Canadian Ian Kamau (he has a great music blog and we featured him here before):

Somali-Canadian K’naan (remember his World Cup days?) got a lyric video out for ‘Nothing to Lose’, a collab with Nas (what’s the latest news on Nas’s promoters in Angola and what’s up with his “Yo my Somali niggas know what war be”?):

Finally, UK-based Nigerian eL Flaco does a rap job a bit different from K’naan and Nas. His ‘Mind Move’ comes off last year’s Samurai Series:

Further Reading

Where the social is political

On 9 May 2017, residents of six neighborhoods across South Africa’s richest province, Gauteng, protested about lack of basic services, housing and employment. A local TV news crew captured the frustrations of a resident from Ennerdale, one of the affected neighborhoods: “When …