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Freshlyground: A Compilation Of Unreleased Material + Live Recordings

Freshlyground Compilation of unreleased material and live recordings via African Cream Music.


Afropop darlings Freshlyground are back to their unify-a-nation roots on their latest self-titled compilation. After catering to a surprisingly dark urge on their fifth studio album Take Me To The Dance, the South African-based collective have returned to spread the love via vibes they know best.

It was bound to happen that a band beloved for their 'post-'94 rainbow nation' epitomizing shows would make those performances available on an anytime/anywhere basis. Live renditions of iconic material ("Doo Bee Doo" and the World Cup famed "Waka Waka") are inarguably a pleasant trip for the diehards (and there's a lot of them). But it's unreleased gems that stand out on Freshlyground. "Refugee" in particular is the dance-centric collective at a highpoint of samba. Boxsta's rework of "Take Me To The Dance" is an additional treat that transforms the electric-leaning standout into a, dare-we-say, club banger. Offering listeners an archaeological look at the past both memorialized and newly uncovered, Freshlyground has the makings to win over a population of already loyal hearts. The compilation is out now via African Cream Music.

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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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