M.I.A. New Video: “XXXO”

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Check out a significantly less controversial new video from M.I.A.,  at least compared to the gruesome “Born Free” video. Our girl Maya has traveled a long, bumpy road to the release of her album /\/\/\Y/\ , but she’s still going strong and sticking with the GIF animation theme in her “XXXO” video. If you haven’t already, check out the “XXXO” remixes featuring Jay-Z and more remixes by Riton and SBTRKT.

Spotlight: New Talent from OkayAfrica

There is no one alive today that can deny the cultural contributions of Africa to modern day music across the entire globe. From artists such as the late Fela Kuti, on whose life the Award-winning Broadway musical Fela is based, to new emerging cosmopolitan artists such as  Nneka and K’Naan, the influence of African music is still heard today. Even Artists that you would not traditionally think of as African influenced, such as The Roots, whose new album might be the best to come out this year so far, can easily tell you how they have been touched and influenced by it. In fact so much so that a new branch of Okayplayer, appropriately named Okayafrica, was launched earlier this summer devoted exclusively to covering the latest cutting edge African Artists. Considering the great overlap in our communities, we thought it best if we gave you a little sample of what they offer. Check out a few of our picks after the jump.

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GPWW 7/26/10: Bilal Feature

This week on Gilles Peterson World Wide, he focuses in on R&B/jazz/soul singer, Bilal, who is releasing Airtight’s Revenge on September 14th on Plug Research. The special mix section of the show features a slew of Bilal tracks and an interview with the man himself, as well as some Giant Step favorites with Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, and Fela Kuti. Returning from last week are Monsters of Folk and Mount Kimbie.

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New EP by Major Lazer: Lazers Never Die

Production duo Major Lazer is back with a new five-track EP, Lazers Never Die, which you can stream in its entirety on their MySpace. Expect to hear reggae-laden rhythms over Major Lazer’s signature electronic beats. Lazers Never Die includes features from M.I.A., Lindi Ortega, and Collie Buddz, plus a remix of “Jump Up” by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke.

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New Album by M.I.A.: /\/\ /\ Y /\

M.I.A.’s hotly anticipated third full-length /\/\ /\ Y /\ has finally arrived, following the internationally critically acclaimed Arular (2005) and Kala (2007). Like its predecessors, /\/\ /\ Y /\ deftly mixes politics, social consciousness, and inimitable genre blending. As much a political statement as a musical one, the new album takes a scathing look at our ever-increasing dependence on the digital world. Producers on the album include Rusko, Blaqstarr, Switch, Diplo, John Hill, Derek Miller, Sugu, and Maya herself. You can check her out live on July 24th at Hard Fest in NYC on South Island Field, Governor’s Island.

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