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Watch Beast and Sjava’s Music Video for ‘Hello’

Beast and Sjava share visuals to their hit 'Hello.'

Beast's latest single "Hello" is doing well, getting airplay on most South African major radio stations. This is obviously thanks to the radio-friendly nature of the song, especially the hook from Sjava and its Afro pop feel.


"Hello" is optimistic, with the rapper encouraging his listeners by telling them, no matter how difficult life currently is, things eventually get better. With lines like, "Gcwala ngami, kuzolunga, kuzolunga kuyobe ngathi ak'kaze k'shube/ Uk' uzwe ngesinamuva, kungena lona l'vele l'bhubhe." The last line, of course is a subtle nod to Sjava and his debut album Isina Muva (2016).

The recently released music video for the song was shot on a basketball court. The visual follow the song's story arch—using basketball as an entry point. The general theme is that perseverance conquers.

Beast is one of Durban's most respected lyricists, having paid his dues in the city's scene in the last several years. He's been recently getting a bit of mainstream recognition since joining the house label Afrotainment, which is headed by DJ Tira. After appearing on a few gqom songs, it seems he has found a sound that can work for him with "Hello."

Watch the music video below and stream the song underneath.

Beast Feat Sjava- Hello (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com


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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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