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Somali Songstress Cherrie Hersi Premieres The Chilling Visuals For 'Tabanja'

Swedish-based, Somali singer Cherrie Hersi premieres the Stockholm-shot music video for her gripping, socially-conscious single "Tabanja."


In June, we featured Swedish-based, Somali songstress Cherrie Hersi's first single "Intro" on our list of Songs By Somali Singers & Rappers To Listen To This Summer. The singer, who grew up in Finland and began her singing career just two-and-a-half years ago, is  now back with the premiere of the music video for her latest single. "Tabanja," which is a Swedish slang word for 'gun,' is a song which the singer's camp says "shows a suffocating truth of a world caught in a downward spiral." Cherrie's ethereal voice lends itself  seamlessly to the track's bass-heavy production as the song's notably poignant message is unexpectedly wrapped in a beat fitting for a house party or club. "It invites you to dance, it forces up hands in jubilation, but it also tells an important story of the city's periphery, the hard choice that people face daily when reality penetrates." The black-and-white visuals were shot in the Rinkeby neighborhood of Stockholm where Cherrie currently lives and features performances from some of the singer's closest friends. The three-and-a-half-minute music video carries the song's weighty message by presenting chilling imagery of death and ruin, all while maintaining "a tiny ray of hope." Watch the gripping visuals for Cherrie's "Tabanja" below.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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