First Listen: South African Rapper ByLwansta Has Your New Break-Up Jam

ByLwansta releases his first single since his solid 2016 EP.

Gifted South African rapper ByLwansta released a solid EP, Your Absolutely Right, last year, which made our list of the best South African hip-hop releases of 2016.

“Oh Well," his latest song, which we are premiering here, is his first release since the EP. The new single sees the rapper spit theatrical rhymes over flamenco strings and a deep bass line courtesy of Johannesburg-based producer 808x.

The smooth song, according to the rapper, can be looked at as a continuation of YAR or a bonus track from the project.

“Oh Well" is a song the emcee wrote after breaking up with his girlfriend, who he wrote about on the song “Grey" from YAR.

“On the song, I take the listener through a tour of my pain and anxiety," says ByLwansta in an email to OkayAfrica. “Like, I'm literally dealing with it at that very moment, then out of the blue you hear my girlfriend's vocal as an ad-lib, and from the listener's perspective, I assume they'll be like, 'wait, what?' But it's there to show how we got through it, and I'm just making art and, it's fucking beautiful."

Being the all-round artist ByLwansta is, the song's artwork, which the rapper designed himself, has a bit of meaning behind it.“It's based off a picture taken nonchalantly by Kayte Grant. The orange background links the release to YAR," he says.

Listen to “Oh Well" below and download it here.

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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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