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DC's Ethiopian Songstress Wayna And Her 'The Expats' LP

Preview DC-based Ethiopian music songwriter Wayna's upcoming album "The Expats."


DC-based Ethiopian songwriter Wayna crafts hypnotizing songs built on her heritage and the influence of idols like Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley. Her vocal delivery, both delicate and robust, recently caught our ear in the previously featured softball clip for  "I Don't Wanna Wait." Below, Wayna's given us an exclusive preview of her upcoming The Expats album, "a reference to the contradictions that result from being raised and influenced by various cultures — contradictions that some would call abnormalities... but Wayna celebrates unapologetically." Stream and download the Ethio-dub "Echo," "Yo Yo," and "Time Will Come," which features a sample from Haile Selassie.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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