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Mr Eazi: "Music Has Made Me Understand & Investigate What It Means to Be African"

An exclusive interview with the buzzing artist about his daily life, influences, Life Is Eazi Vol. 2 - Lagos to London, his Empawa initiative and, even, collaborating with a K-pop artist.

From Lagos to London to the United States, Mr Eazi's name carries tremendous weight.

With his 2015 single "Skin Tight" and the subsequent knock-out blow of "Leg Over" giving him the momentum he needed to break through to the mainstream light, the Nigerian singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur has since built an international fanbase, performing and shutting down stages all across the globe.

Eazi has positioned himself to be one of the most well-respected Nigerian artists out right now, leaving you in disbelief that it was only two years ago he was answering phone calls for a living.

In 2018, he wrapped up a US tour opening for J Balvin before unleashing Life is Eazi Vol 2 - Lagos To London, with features from Diplo, Burna Boy, Chronixx, and Giggs. While his roots lie in afrofusion, and it's his ability to break down genre barriers and create his own lane of Nigerian pop that listeners can't help but gravitate towards.

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Meet Shay Lia, the French-East African Singer Writing Hits With Kaytranada

We talk to the Montreal-based singer about her youth in Djibouti, upcoming EP plans and much more.

Shay Lia might be one of the most humble and refreshing artists the game has seen in a long time. While the world may only recognize from Kaytranada records, it's time for the artist, born Shanice Dileita Mohamed, to shift gears and put her alias at the forefront.

Shay Lia was born in France before relocating to Djibouti, a country at the cusp of the Red Sea, at the age of four. It wasn't until she was 18-years-old that she moved to Canada, where the singer-songwriter discovered she could write songs while attending UQAM University in Montreal, a place she currently calls home.

Her signature sound lies in the melodies, whose ideas are often inspired by R&B;, funk, and soul. When it comes to the beat, she just needs a good bass and something to dance too. Juggling between three cultures, Shay Lia accepts her diverse identity and the wide array of influences absorbed from each. At two to three years old, she picked up her "American" ways from watching videos on Youtube, something she doesn't even notice when she sings.

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Sons of Sonix Are the British-Nigerian Duo Producing For Stormzy & Ty Dolla $ign

Exclusive Interview: Sons of Sonix refuse to be boxed by a sound with production work for Trey Songz, Krept & Konan and, even, Ariana Grande.

Sons of Sonix are going global.

Hailing from the UK, and of Nigerian descent, Mikey Akin and Mo Samuels are have now moved to Los Angeles—and they've brought their same skills, talents, passions, and work ethic from back home. From Stormzy to Ariana Grande, Sons of Sonix' catalog covers over a decade in the UK underground scene as well as the mainstream, while preserving the Nigerian sound they grew up on.

Having successfully proved themselves overseas, Mikey and Mo are currently focused on taking over the American market. Under the guidance of Grammy-award winning producer, Harmony Samuels (Mo Samuels' brother), the duo refuse to be boxed by a sound. Linking with Verse Simmonds on their debut single, "Full Speed," is no exception.

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