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Listen to Our Premiere of Asante's New Single 'Run You Mad' (Prod. by Sango)

The new track sees Asante singing in Twi and English over a Sango-produced beat.

Asante is a Detroit-based, Ghanaian-rooted artist whose been circling on our radar for a minute. The artist is now preparing the release of his upcoming EP, sleek boy, due in August.

Today we're premiering the first single off that EP, "Run You Mad," which sees Asante linking up with one of our favorite producers Sango over synth arpeggios and head-nodding beat work.


"Run You Mad is a song about knowing the damage you could do to someone in a relationship you're unfit for when the other person wants it. There's some things that you need and some things that you don't need," Asante tells OkayAfrica.

"I had sent Sango some demos from the project & he shot me some ideas of his own. I heard the beat for Run You Mad while I was driving around Detroit & the hook instantly came to me—I tend to write most of my songs while driving around the city. The song features me singing in Twi and English—something I haven't done before—so I went into new territories with this song for sure."

The EP rollout will be paired with the 5-part documentary, ORIGINS, which depicts Asante's return to Ghana after 12 years of not visiting the country. You can watch the first episode, KIN, underneath. It follows the artist as he sees his grandparents again & interviews them about his choice of pursuing music.

Listen to our premiere of "Run You Mad," produced by Sango, below and watch the first episode of the documentary underneath.


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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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