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Global Spin: Watch Afrobeats Rapper Candy Bleakz Perform An Electrifying Version Of "Kope (Kanle)"

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Global Spin: Watch Afrobeats Rapper Candy Bleakz Perform An Electrifying Version Of "Kope (Kanle)"

In the latest episode of Global Spin, drop into the colorful world of Candy Bleakz, a dynamic Afrobeats rapper who performs her euphoric song "Kope (Kanle)"

GRAMMYs/Nov 10, 2021 - 04:13 am

After an era of confusion and darkness, things are finally — hopefully, tentatively — calming down a bit. As a result, we're getting music with a palpable sense of relief and joy — and much of it is coming from the Afrobeats scene out of Nigeria, which prizes a sense of confidence, luxuriousness and — gasp! — possibilities.

Enter Candy Bleakz, a rising Afrobeats rapper here to lead us over the threshold from 2021 to 2022. Her tune "Kope (Kanle)" is all about a subject any of us can relate to — wanting to take a grab at cash and success. And if all of the personality-packed MC's tracks are this effervescent, she's on the road to global applause.

In the latest episode of Global Spin, GRAMMY.com's digital series which aims to celebrate and elevate global music, watch Candy Bleakz' sunny performance of "Kope (Kanle)" among a series of columns — painted with murals of solemn significance.

Specifically, they pay homage to the campaigners of #BringBackOurGirls, an organization bringing awareness to 276 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted in 2014 by Boko Haram. Click here for more information on the memorial. If you'd like to donate to #BringBackOurGirls, visit here.

For now, enjoy Candy Bleakz' exhilarating performance above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Global Spin.

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Global Spin: Lau Noah Acknowledges Her Weaknesses In This Acoustic Performance Of "Lesser Men Would Call It Love"
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Global Spin: Lau Noah Acknowledges Her Weaknesses In This Acoustic Performance Of "Lesser Men Would Call It Love"

Catalan songstress Lau Noah performs a stripped-down rendition of "Lesser Men Would Call It Love," an introspective B-side from her new collaborative album, 'A Dos.'

GRAMMYs/Feb 29, 2024 - 06:00 pm

Catalan singer Lau Noah makes it clear she's not interested in love. It's an inevitable failure — a place "where gods live" where "no man can linger," she asserts in "Lesser Men Would Call It Love." Because no matter how much she tries to resist, she knows she's just a bird without wings.

Noah performs an acoustic version of the track in this episode of Global Spin, accompanied by guitarists Evan Tyor and Adam Neely; Nickel Creek's Chris Thile features on the original recording.

"With you, it's simple then/ Why we recognize each other/ Wounds that look alike, they tend/ To reflect one another," Noah explains in the song's second verse. "So, don't you leave your home for me."

"Lesser Men Would Call It Love" is a track from Noah's collaborative album, A Dos, which she independently released on January 12.

"'A Dos' is the bridge between song and symphony — the place where counterpoint complexity fits into the ancestral structure of a simple song. And I have some of the best storytellers of our time helping me carry out this endeavor," she explained in a press statement.

Aside from Thile, the project also sees appearances from Jacob Collier, Gaby Moreno, and more.

Press play on the video above to hear Lau Noah's acoustic rendition of "Lesser Men Would Call It Love," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.

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Global Spin: Baloji Premieres Political Anthem "Le Nègre Blanc" At UNESCO's La Semaine du Son Celebration
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Global Spin: Baloji Premieres Political Anthem "Le Nègre Blanc" At UNESCO's La Semaine du Son Celebration

Accompanied by an orchestra, Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji delivers a live performance of "Le Nègre Blanc," a powerful track about the plight of Black immigrants around the world.

GRAMMYs/Feb 27, 2024 - 06:01 pm

As an immigrant to Belgium, Congolese rapper Baloji often finds himself tied between European and African cultures — "Afropean," as he describes in his newest track, "Le Nègre Blanc," or "White Negro" in English.

"I'm from the hyphen generation/ For Belgo-Congolese, Franco-Senegalese," he recounts in his native French. "I speak with my white voice/ But Bantu doesn't pronounce the R's/ We speak like little Negroes in a foreign language/ White is universal."

In this episode of Global Spin, Baloji performs the track accompanied by an orchestra at this year's UNESCO La Semaine du Son, an annual celebration of music that raises awareness about "the importance of the quality of our sound environment."

"Le Nègre Blanc'' will be featured on Baloji's upcoming album, due later this year. The project will accompany his recent film, Omen, a drama about a Congolese man who returns to his home country after his mother disowns him. The movie has received recognition from the Cannes Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, and more.

Beyond television and music, Baloji has also worked as an artist director and costume designer.

Press play on the video above to watch Baloji's impactful performance of "Le Nègre Blanc," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.

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Global Spin: Soweto Gospel Choir & Groove Terminator Join For A Feel-Good Performance Of "Everybody's Free"
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Global Spin: Soweto Gospel Choir & Groove Terminator Join For A Feel-Good Performance Of "Everybody's Free"

s South African musical collective Soweto Gospel Choir and Australian DJ Groove Terminator unite to spread the 'History of House' around the globe, they share a magnetic performance of a track from the forthcoming album, "Everybody's Free."

GRAMMYs/Feb 15, 2024 - 06:10 pm

For nearly two decades, South African worship group Soweto Gospel Choir has been bringing their joyous music and message to audiences across the globe. Now, they are teaming up with Simon Lewicki — aka Groove Terminator, the "Superstar DJ" from Down Under — to spread the culture of house music.

"Everybody's free to feel good," Soweto Gospel Choir cheers in the outro of "Everybody's Free," a track from their joint album with Groove Terminator, History of House. The project aims to culturally and musically reimagine the genre's classic hits, with Soweto Gospel Choir performing in their native Zulu.

GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dennis White (Latroit) produced the album. The original track, "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good)," was written in English and performed by Zimbabwean electronic performer Rozalla in 1991.

"The choir performing in Zulu was not the original idea," White revealed in a press statement. "We sent English lyric sheets to the choir, who decided amongst themselves to record the songs in Zulu ... Simon and I realized at that moment that this project has a soul of its own, and our job is to pay close attention to what it's telling us it wants to be."

Last year, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Groove Terminator brought the History of House in tour form; the album of the same name will arrive in spring 2024 via Music is Fun/House of Latroit/Gallo Records.

Press play on the video above to watch Soweto Gospel Group & Groove Terminator's mesmerizing rendition of "Everybody's Free," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.

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Global Spin Live: LE SSERAFIM Spends A "Perfect Night" With Fans On The GRAMMY Museum Stage
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Global Spin Live: LE SSERAFIM Spends A "Perfect Night" With Fans On The GRAMMY Museum Stage

K-pop quintet LE SSERAFIM hit the GRAMMY Museum stage for an energetic live performance of "Perfect Night," their latest English single.

GRAMMYs/Dec 19, 2023 - 06:00 pm

For the rising K-pop girl group LE SSERAFIM, their most “Perfect Night” might consist of partying with your closest friends from dusk to dawn. Or, in this case, spending an evening in Los Angeles with their loyal fanbase, FEARNOT.

In this episode of Global Spin Live, watch the quintet light up the GRAMMY Museum stage with a premiere performance of their latest single. They take turns at the center before quickly positioning into a new formation.

“I got all I need/ You know nothing else can beat/ The way that I feel when I'm dancin' with my girls,” they cheer in the chorus. “Perfect energy/ Yeah, we flawless, yeah, we free/ There's no better feelin' in the whole wide world.”

Released on Oct. 27, "Perfect Night" is LE SSERAFIM's first all-English track, co-written by member HUH YUNJIN. The group teamed up with the video game 'Overwatch 2' to create the animations for the music video; they later promoted the track at the gaming convention BlizzCon 2023.

Global Spin Live is held in conjunction with GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY.com as a live extension of the popular online series Global Spin, showcasing Global Music artists. Press play on the video above to watch LE SSERAFIM's infectious performance of "Perfect Night," and check back to GRAMMY.com for more new episodes of Global Spin.

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