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Sierra Leonean Thumb Piano Maestro Sorie Kondi x Dutty Artz

Sierra Leonean thumb piano maestro Sorie Kondi is set to have a digital Dutty Artz release on March 5.


Dutty Artz is set for a digital release of Sierra Leonean thumb-piano (kondi) virtuoso Sorie Kondi's Thogolobea — an anticipatory palate-whetter before the upcoming release of a Sorie full-length produced by Chief Boima. Thogolobea serves as the perfect introduction to the self-taught Sorie Kondi, whose extreme hardships have seen him persevere through blindness and the Sierra Leonean Civil War. For more from Sorie take a look at our previous feature on him, plus Chief Boima's remix of his anthem "Without Money No Family." Watch the clip for "Sorie Thogolobea" below and look for Thogolobea dropping March 5 on Dutty Artz.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.