Audio: Maskarado's Angolan House Rhymes

Listen to 'Tabacanawa,' a new Afro-house track from Angolan artist Maskarado

Angolan emcee Maskarado laces his kuduro-tinged rhymes over a percussive house beat on his latest offering, 'Tabacanawa.' According to Akwaaba, the house music scene in Luanda is hugely popular but artists generally work disparately and in competition with each other. Maskarado is looking to change that by bringing the different elements of that world together, and if the result is more bangers like 'Tabacanawa," we support his movement with full force. Last we heard from him, his massive dance floor track "Elegom Bounsa" was being remixed by Suriname DJ Los Carlos, so check that out if you missed it the first time around. Listen to "Tabacanawa" below and start your day off on the good foot.

[H/T Akwaaba]


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

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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