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Check Out Jeune Lio's New Ivorian Jam, 'Sexy Girl From Abidjan'

Featuring the star power of Oxlade, Didi B and Chrystel.

Côte d'Ivoire-based DJ Jeune Lio comes through with the music video for his single "SGFA (Sexy Girl From Abidjan)."

The addictive and slow burning track features appearances from Ivorian superstar rapper Didi B, buzzing Nigerian artist Oxlade, and vocalist Chrystel.

"SGFA" sees Jeune Lio celebrate the women of his home city of Abidjan, the artist mentions. He's joined on the afro-fusion leaning beat by Oxlade, who provides a catchy verse and hook, the seamless flows of Didi B and Chrystel on the bridge.

"The women of Abidjan are the starts of the video," a press statement mentions, as "the video for SGFA reflects not only [Jeune Lio's] love for his people but his pride in the beauty of blackness and black women in particular. He wants people to come and witness the beauty of Abidjan and he's telling the world about his city, one song at a time."

Watch the music video for "SGFA" below.


JEUNE LIO - SGFA (SEXY GIRL FROM ABIDJAN) FEAT. OXLADE, DIDI B & CHRYSTEL youtu.be

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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