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Afro-Trap Group The.Wav Celebrates Female Diversity in the ‘Love Games’ Visuals

Los Angeles-based Afro-Trap collective The.Wav return with the music video for "Love Games."

The.Wav is a musical collective that fuses its members’ diverse roots—Tanzanian, Indonesian, Trinidadian, Bajan, Afro-Cuban, and many more—into a sound they describe as Afro-Trap.


“Love Games,” the LA-based group’s latest single which we premiered last month, synthesizes dancehall and afrobeats rhythms into a jam tailor-made for the end of summer.

Their new music video for the track is a “celebration of the rich diversity among women of color,” The.Wav writes to Okayafrica.

“With this project, we sought out to empower women across The Diaspora to celebrate that which makes each of them magical,” the group adds. “We also aim to bring to light the historical origins of Carnival during parade season; the 'Jab-Jab' scenes in the video pay homage to the artistic metaphoric expression of freedom that historically and continuously commemorates our journey from slavery to emancipation.”

“This story of transcendence should inspire us -- a people dispersed around the globe, to overcome mental slavery and unite in celebrating our differences through light and love," they mention.

Watch The.Wav’s music video for “Love Games” above.

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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