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Audio: Congo Beat Making Lab 'Cho Cho Cho'

African hip hop project Congo Beat Making Lab releases their first track, "Cho Cho Cho," which you can listen to and download here.


It's been a little while since we've updated you on the UNC Chapel Hill Beat Making Lab project taking place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but today we have a treat to refresh your memory. The brainchild of UNC professors Apple Juice Kid and Pierce Freelon, the Congo Beat Making Lab is the result of the two bringing the curriculum of their popular UNC course of the same name to Yole!Africa, a Congolese non-profit dedicated to bringing arts education to youth in the city of Goma. Along with providing a crash course in beatmaking, the partnership also found the two setting up a full studio in Goma for students to continue working on their music. The project's first official track "Cho Cho Cho" is a straight banger. Stream it below and if you'd like to own a copy for yourself while supporting the Beat Making Lab, you can purchase the download here with half of the proceeds going to the Lab directly.

>>>Stream/Download: Congo Beat Making Lab "Cho Cho Cho"

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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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