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Watch AKA & K.O.'s 'Run Jozi (Godly)' Video

Watch South African rappers AKA and K.O.'s video for 'Run Jozi (Godly),' directed by Yanga Ntshakaza. The song is off AKA's 'Levels' LP.


Two of the most charismatic emcees in the South African mainstream hip-hop scene, AKA and K.O. traded braggadocio bars over loud horns courtesy of Soweto-based producer Tweezy on “Run Jozi (Godly)”. The song, which is extracted from AKA’s latest album Levels, has just been treated with visuals. Monochromatic in nature, the video was directed by Yanga Ntshakaza, who also did the hook though doesn’t appear on the song credits. “We decided that although he doesn’t have a feature on the song, it would be important that Yanga was in the video because people keep asking ‘who’s doing the hook?’” explained AKA on a behind-the-scenes video of “Run Jozi (Godly).” Containing cliché shots like the three rappers doing their thing in front of some fancy automobiles, the video, which was shot on the Mandela Bridge and the nearby Bree taxi rank, shows the grimy streets of downtown Jozi. The two emcees add a different dimension to the grimy part of the city and exhibit their personalities in front of the camera and to onlookers. AKA Instagram followers might remember the hype he generated with images of him and the video crew closing down Mandela Bridge for the video shoot. Watch below and decide whether or not the video lives up to the hype.

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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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