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Here's An Afro-Caribbean Jam From Bush Tea

The Virigin Islands rapper shares her latest blend of 808s and unapologetic rhymes.

Bush Tea is a rapper coming out of the Virgin Islands who's creating some noteworthy tracks influenced by her Caribbean background and strong female stance.

Her sound blends stomping 808s with unapologetic rhymes and swagger you'll hear in this new single, "Fresh," which we're premiering here today.

"Fresh" is an addictive track that sees Bush Tea rapping about how on-point she is over steel pans and dancehall-meets-hip-hop beats. Basically, it's wavy island music—and we're here for it.


"I didn't want anyone telling me how to be sexy or what to say. I wanted to be sexy sometimes, tomboyish sometimes, conservative and abstract sometimes," Bush Tea tells OkayAfrica about the song. "And I'm so so happy to say that is exactly what I did, without anyone policing me. I was able to be open about the vastness of what we all are."

Get into "Fresh" below.

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How Technology Is Playing a Crucial Role in the #EndSARS Protests

Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.

It has been more than a week since young people in Nigeria took to the streets to demand that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, infamously known as SARS, be scrapped for good. Created in 1992, this police unit was originally set up to beat back armed robbery, the use of firearms and rising cases of kidnappings that grew in the late eighties. However, the unit went rogue, becoming more notorious for its savagery than actual crime-fighting. With a rap sheet ranging from profiling, harassment and assault to, in more extreme cases, slaughtering innocent citizens, these quasi-officers have unleashed terror on the nation for more than two decades.

Their victims are predominantly young Nigerians profiled on appearance—whether they drive exotic vehicles, use the latest gadgets, have their hair dyed or locked, or have piercings. In some cases, working in tech often gets conflated with financial fraud. For people who don't meet the absurd criteria, the mood of the officer can often become the difference between life and death.

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