There’s plenty to choose from what musicians have been releasing during the holidays. So here’s a first selection of ten new videos that we’ve found in our inbox. First up, a new release from Akwaaba: Joey le Soldat, like his man Art Melody, raps on Burkina Faso’s ills:

This one by Stromae from late last year we have on repeat:

Another Belgian artist you might remember from last year is Coely, who released a new single this week:

Ghostpoet joined the latest Africa Express, and returned with the most interesting collaboration of that lot, with thanks to talking drum band Doucoura:

Jovi and Reniss shot a video in Douala and Yaoundé for their most recent collaboration:

There’s Pitso Rah Makhula, from Maseru, Lesotho, with a short reminder of what’s good in the country’s hip-hop landscape:

From Senegal, we have Alibeta who sings about migration:

Summer vibes in this video by The Reminders:

Tinariwen’s new sounds appear to be a lot more subdued than their previous work:

And the day after Mandela died, Peruvians Novalima dedicated this song from their KCRW session to him:

Further Reading

On Safari

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A private city

Eko Atlantic in Lagos, like Tatu City in Nairobi, Kenya; Hope City in Accra, Ghana; and Cité le Fleuve in Kinshasa, DRC, point to the rise of private cities. What does it mean for the rest of us?

What she wore

The exhibition, ‘Men Lebsa Neber,’ features a staggering collection of the clothes and stories of rape survivors across Ethiopia.