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Audio: Hey Fever! 'The Sneezing Song' (1984)


Throwback track for the end of the week: our favorite South African bubblegum disco blog Afro-Synth highlights this incredible 1984 novelty hit by Bones Brettell (of Hotline) and Bernie Millar who "decided that in the light of [a] current flu epidemic, sneezers of the world should have some kind of VIRAL ANTHEM!" The single even made it overseas marketed as Italian Disco. Stream it below!

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[H/T Afro-Synth]

 

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

Interview: Simi Is Taking Risks

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Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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