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Watch ByLwansta’s Music Video for ‘The Bike Song’

ByLwansta shares visuals for his latest single 'The Bike Song.'

ByLwansta shared "The Bike Song" last week. The song is a single from his upcoming EP SPIJØNGET (Chapter Two), which will be released on the 28th of February.


"The Bike Song" details a robbery which the young rapper was a victim of in the Joburg CBD. The visuals, which are minimalist, show ByLwansta—well, you guessed it—riding a bike. The clip consists mostly of performance scenes from the emcee, who's expression goes beyond words but facial expressions, antics and mem-worthy poses.

"The Bike Song" is the lead single to SPIJØNGET (Chapter Two), a follow-up to SPIJØNGET (Chapter One), a project the Durban-based rapper released around the same time last year.

The SPIJØNGET series of EPs will culminate in a full project after the third iteration. The project sees the rapper update his fans about his life. On the first iteration, the most prevalent subject was his romantic relationship. We wait to hear what is new in ByLwansta's life, except finding a bike ride therapeutic after a robbery, which we will find out on Chapter Two.

ByLwansta is one of the most notable emcees in South Africa's alternative hip-hop scene. He was the first ever South African artist to appear on A Colors Show when he performed his cult classic "Lindiwe" on the show in 2017.

Watch the music video for "The Bike Song" below and stream the song underneath:

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Photo courtesy of AYLØ.

Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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