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Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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You Need to Hear These Chopped & Screwed Afrobeats Tracks

Slim K's Nice & Slow 54: Naija Love features chopped-up Wizkid, Mr Eazi, Davido, Tekno and more.

Led by OG Ron C, Houston's Chopstars have been delivering some of the best chopped and screwed versions of hip-hop releases for ages now.

In this latest drop, Nice & Slow 54: Naija, Chopstars' Slim K takes a much-welcomed detour and decides to tackle some of the biggest Nigerian afrobeats hits from recent years.

The result is nothing short of amazing as Slim K chops up the likes of Wizkid & Drake's "Come Closer," Runtown's "Mad Over You," Davido's "If," Mr Eazi's "Pour Me Water" and more.

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Nasty C and Nadia Nakai Join Tshego In New Single ‘Money Machines’

Listen to Tshego's latest single 'Money Machines.'

South African singer and rapper Tshego ropes in Family Tree label mate Nadia Nakai and frequent collaborator Nasty C in his new song. Titled "Money Machines," the track sees the MCs spit money raps over quivering hi hats and thick bass, while a subtle saxophone plays in the background.

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