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The singer has already released at least 3 other projects, yet this one feels like a debut. Under the banner of afro-dancehall, Yung L sends newly mastered vibrations, from Lagos to Kingston to London.

“A yaadman is a confident man. A man that knows himself, a man that has no limit, no fears in his mind. Ready to embrace his true nature”. And the nature has indeed been embraced on Yung L’s new project. On tracks like “Yaadman”, “Operator”, “Womanizer”, “Rasta” you can feel the swagger and the confidence of an accomplished man, who has finally found himself. In 2017, Yung L had released “Better Late Than Never” (BLTN), a debut album in which the Nigerian singer switched from afropop to dancehall to azonto between every track. Three years later, the energy has changed: this time, the project is compact and unapologetic. Rather than exploiting a large range of genres, Yung L has successfully blended his different influences on every track, and has succeeded in finding an identifiable sonic signature. “BLTN was my first album so I was very much excited to just put out the first body of work,” he tells PAM over the phone. “But now that I have grown and had true experiences, listening to more precise and intentional music. I have nothing to prove, really. I’m having the best time of my life making music. I finally just found myself 100%, I make one with the music. This is why I always say “Yaadman is half man”: half man half spirit”.

 

This Utrecht festival of international music and culture is presenting a series of video reports on their online TV channel as part of the “Reports from Other Continents” project. The series will travel to the DRC to the town of Sake, where the inhabitants heal their trauma through traditional folk dance.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the director, producer and human rights champion Horeb Bulambo Shindano went to meet the musician Baeni Mukuba who had the brilliant idea of organising a weekly folklore show to free the inhabitants of Sake from their trauma. The featured video is about a young group from two families from Sake, a town located 30 km west of Goma in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the past 20 years, the people of Sake have been forced to leave their town for fear of conflict. As with other parts of eastern Congo, many Sake women have been raped, and many children have been abducted to join armed groups. These atrocities meant that the population of Sake were living in a state of psychosis and permanent trauma. To remedy this, Baeni Mukuba launched his own remedy: a weekly public traditional folklore show to heal the wounds of the town in his own way.

Although this ritual is not explicitly mentioned, we can imagine that the Ekongo dance, a parade of war, plays a part through its expression of bravery and the supple yet frantic rhythm of its jumps and movements. The instruments also play a very important role: four djembes, two of which play sono and two others that play accompaniment, with the musicians clad in outfits made partly of animal skin. By embodying courage, this liberating dance tells the story of a people who are victims of conflict and whose only way to survive is through dance and music.

Note that other reports from other continents will be published in the coming weeks on the YouTube channel and on The Guess Who? website.

 

 

Dr. Dre has slammed his estranged wife's request for $2 million (£1.4 million) a month in spousal support, insisting her monthly expenses total less than $300,000 (£219,000).

Nicole Young is fighting for a bigger share of Dre's finances after alleging she was pressured into signing a prenuptial agreement prior to their 1996 wedding - before the hip-hop icon became a billionaire.

She previously demanded $2 million a month in temporary spousal support while the exes attempted to reach a settlement in court, and now Dre, real name Andre Young, has hit back.

In new documents obtained by TMZ.com, Dre presents the prenuptial agreement that Young claimed he ripped up shortly after she'd signed it, which states that Young doesn't waive her right to spousal support.

This means that even if the prenup holds up in court, she can expect a hefty monthly sum.

But it won't be $2 million a month - as Dre's attorney has filed a declaration stating that Young's actual monthly expenses come to an estimated $293,306 (£214,752).

Dre's lawyer Laura Wasser adds that Dre has voluntarily paid for all of Young's expenses since they split.

Young also requested an additional $5 million (£3,680,575) to cover attorney's fees, but Dre claims he's already paid nearly a million dollars to Young's attorneys, more than he's paid his own lawyers.

The prenuptial agreement, which Dre has always denied ripping up, also states that any property accrued during the marriage remains separate.

Nicole, who filed to end the 24-year marriage in June, shares two adult children with Dre.

 

The young Dian delivers another bewitching single, “Bailerina,” assuming more and more of her soul side.

Dian is only twenty years old. She lives between Paris and Dakar. Her mother was a backing singer for the Cameroonian singer and saxophonist Manu Dibango, and also for the Ivorian reggae artist Alpha Blondy. As for her father, he was a percussionist with the Mexican singer and guitarist Carlos Santana. Raised and nourished by music from a young age, Dian ended up singing “Good Girl Gone Bad” in 2020 alongside Crystal Murray, the founder of the Spin Desire label. Following this electro-tinged track, Dian launched her first single “Insanity” back in December, reminding us of the golden age of hip hop. Having been heavily engaged in the fight against stereotypes, this transgender artist has a defined purpose for her energy and is happy to move between musical styles to deliver her message. She is hypnotic on her single “Bailerina”, a soulful tribute to a lost friend. Her minimalist music video allows us to admire Dian’s raw beauty and sensuality in all its wonderful simplicity.

Listen to “Bailerina” in our Songs of the Week playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

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