Ego Trippin’: D’banj’s New Music Video Is Contemporary Art For Accomplished Braggarts


D’banj couldn’t have picked a better song to shoot a video for. Don’t Tell Me Nonsense, an absolute club rocker off his DB Records collaborative album D’ King’s Men, gets a video treatment for the ages in the form of this feisty visual that’s worthy of a double take.

Featuring ground-stumping dance moves choreographed by leading Nigerian contemporary dancer Kaffy, edgy costumes, special effects that transcend Nollywood’s best attempts and a lot of smoke, the dark video takes cues from the visuals for Beyoncé’s Run The World (Girls) as well as Jay-Z and Kanye West’s No Church In The Wild/Run This Town. Chalk that up to D’banj’s G.O.O.D. Music influence. Get a load of the Matt Max-directed spectacle below.

Performance Footage: Somi – The Last Song (Tribute To Dana Crash Victims)


Rwandan-Ugandan singer-songwriter Somi delivers a moving performance on the latest installment of the Ndani Sessions, a live music web series created by Nigeria’s Ndani TV. Somi, who also gives a touching personal account, wrote The Last Song as an introspective tribute to the 153 victims of the Dana Air crash of June 3, 2012.

Visuals: Ezi Emela – Secret Lover (Feat. Skales)


There are five things to love about the classy Moe Musa-directed visual for Secret Lover, a collaboration between UK-based Nigerian singer Ezi Emela and EME’s Skales:

1. The private beach location (complete with shipwrecks).

2. Ezi Emela’s ‘Trust No Man’ neckpiece and her summer outfits.

3. The song, being the perfect soundtrack for this sort of thing.

4. The white post-modern house.

5. The way the tide washes over the ‘end credits’ scrawled on the sand.

Eyes on below.

‘Ye-lluminati?: Kanye West Performs New Singles In Fluorescent Pyramid (Videos)


I don’t care much for Illuminati conspiracy theories, but it will be silly to deny the heavy presence of strange, often occult symbolism in pop culture. Enter: Kanye West.

The rapper, clearly prepping a new album, continued in his quirky ways with a roaring performance from a fluorescent pyramid last night in New York.

Still harboring misgivings about ‘Ye’s affiliation with the, ahem, Lord of Darkness? See videos from the show below.

Visuals: Sarkodie – Lies (Feat. Lil’ Shaker)


Broken mannequins on the grounds of a sprawling mansion play a prominent role in the visual for Sarkodie’s Lies, a rapid-fire lyrical study in heartbreak. Ghana’s premier rapper also brings out countryman Lil’ Shaker, who holds down the song’s heart-wrenching hook with aplomb, for the Nana Kofi Asihene-directed music video. Dive in after the jump.

Visuals: Ciara Returns, Gets Cute With Future In The Cameo-Heavy Music Video Of ‘Body Party’


Ciara’s back, and about time too. In the fresh visual accompanying her latest single, ‘Body Party’, the onetime R&B princess shows flashes of her (limber) former self and role-plays with real life boyfriend, singer/rapper Future who co-wrote the song. Ludacris, Trinidad James and producer Jazze Pha all make cameo appearances at the partay.

Ciara’s self-titled fifth album will be released on July 5.