Hanging With Christian Tiger School At Their ‘Chrome Tapes’ Launch Party

We caught up with Christian Tiger School at their Johannesburg launch party for "Chrome Tapes."

Christian Tiger School, the Cape Town-based production duo of Sebastiano Zanasi and Luc Vemeer, made a trek up north to Johannesburg where they launched their sophomore album Chrome Tapes (part of a series of four releases). The producers were supported by friends such as Jab A Jaw and Felix Laband, the South African electronic music legend who's recently scored music for the gritty Cape Flats biopic Four Corners. We got to hang out with CTS during the launch, learning a couple of things about their upcoming projects.

Christian Tiger School dwell at the confluence of where mainstream hipsters go to retire and full-out creative hippies are born. None of the music on Chrome Tapes will be available on-line until the fourth and final installment gets released — that's worth about three lifetimes of hipsterdom and roughly nine months on Earth time.

During the making of Chrome Trapes Seb was listening to a lot of house and techno, while Luc simply listened to "like, four house songs regularly throughout the past year." Producer Jon Hopkins is one of the names he dropped. Besides studying jazz guitar at the South African College of Music, Seb is also a member of Fever Trails (Nick Van Reenen of Bateleur's electronic music project) and plays with his own outfit Yes In French. Meanwhile Luc continues to expand his subversive beat exploits as Desert Head. His music is featured on two recently-released compilations, the production collective Gravy's Gravy002 and naasMusic's naasMUSIC Presents: Slip Slop. He's also got a possible collaboration with Damascus in the works. On top of all that, the two producers are also working on a film to be released on VHS (chalk up another hipster point).

Hot on the heels of their Player Xchange collaboration with Bilal and World's Fair, CTS will be making an appearance at our Okayplayer x Soulection SXSW Showcase tonight. Although, never ones to get overwhelmed, Seb and Luc and pretty chill about it all.

Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video)

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Eswatini Is Trying To Dethrone Africa's Last Standing King

Africa's last absolute monarchy is being challenged by pro-democracy protests and an army of youths ready to fight back.