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Watch Alsarah & The Nubatones' Cairo-Shot Video For 'Habibi Taal'

Watch East African retro pop group Alsarah & The Nubatones Cairo-shot video for "Habibi Taal."


"Habibi Taal" is the lead track off East African retro pop group Alsarah & The Nubatones' nostalgic Silt, an album crafted out of the influences of 1960s & 70s Nubian music. The Egypt-shot video for the track follows the band's Sudanese frontwoman Alsarah around Cairo as she digs for records, performs in living rooms & concert halls, and immerses herself in the city. "This is a traditional song from central Sudan that is a part of the women's musical tradition, Aghani Albanat, performed at weddings and other social gatherings," Alsarah explains. "Traditionally these songs are written and performed by women and are one of the few spaces that allow women to publicly express their feelings towards a romantic interest. And so, they have a tendency to be very simple flirty love songs with the sole purpose of making you dance." Watch the video for "Habibi Taal" below and look out for Silt Remixed — which includes reworks from Captain Planet, Boddhi Satva and Djeff  —due Oct 21 from Wonderwheel Recordings.

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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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