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Thabo & The Real Deal's Bare-Boned Soul 'World War Free'

Thabo & The Real Deal channel Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Dolly Parton in their soulful "World War Free.:


Thabo & The Real Deal are a bare-boned soul quartet fronted by Zimbabwean singer Thabo Mkwananzi who cheekily describe themselves as "X-Factor contestants when the judges were Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Dolly Parton." The group's compositions tackle socio-political issues with gripping minimal arrangements handled by a Fender rhodes piano, percussion and acoustic guitar. Watch their video for "World War Free" below, grab the track and hear from at their bandcamp.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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