Listen To Espacio Dios' Genre-Bending 'Percussive Planet' EP

Listen to the rising South African artist's latest EP, 'Percussive Planet.'

South African artist Espacio Dios just released a new EP. The project is his most focused to date and a culmination of the artist's genre bending attempts.


Aptly titled Percussive Planet, the project boasts drums and percussion that support thumping electronic bass lines and synths, pads and marimbas.

The opening song "Wakanda," has those thwacking gqom snares, and is a great introduction to what's to follow, but might mislead you into thinking this will be a gqom project, which it isn't by any means.

Read: Espacio Dios Is No Rapper

The rest of the songs borrow from trap, pop and electro. Dios' vocals exist perfectly over a soundscape of damp bass lines, smooth pads and marimbas, which are an indicator that his influences go beyond pop music.

He's joined by likeminded artists in this planet—up-and-comers such as Una Rams, Shakashoelu, Bog, as well as renowned producer, vocalist and rapper Anatii.

Percussive Planet has enough features to make sure Dios doesn't sound lonely, but he still keeps them limited to ensure you get a sense of who he is. He adds to this diversity by rapping alongside his distant vocals, on songs like "Mango" and "Uri Fire."

Listen to Percussive Planet below, and download it here.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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