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16 Year-Old Ebony Oshunrinde aka WondaGurl Crafts Beat for Jay-Z

16 Year-Old Candadian/Nigerian Ebony Oshunrinde aka WondaGurl makes beat for Jay Z's platinum-selling album Magna Carter Holy Grail


The internet is abuzz with news of the precocious 16-year old producer WondaGurl, who helped craft a beat that made it onto Jay Z's platinum-selling new album, Magna Carta... Holy Grail. The track "Crown," was created by the Nigerian-Canadian teen Ebony Oshunrinde who has been making beats since since she was 9 years-old.  At 14 she entered Toronto's Battle of the Beatmakers but was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Not to be deterred, she returned the following year when WondaGurl took first place.  Success followed success and was signed by Black Box. Apparently, when she sent a track to Houston rapper Travi$ Scott he replied a few days later with the words: "I'm about to change your life." Scott played the track to Jay-Z, and then came the phonecall "You are on Jay Z's album, congratulations."

Despite her prodigious success, Ebony's Nigerian mother Jozie Oshunrinde is adamant that she keep studying. After winning Battle of the Beatmakers WondaGurl said in an interview "I just make sure I get my credits cause I know if I don't, my mother will not be okay with that at all, and possibly take all my music stuff away..."

You'll want to follow this girl wonder: @WondaGurlBeats. Here she is talking about her experience:

* Wondagurl with her mother Jozie Oshunrinde

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Meet Four Women Pushing Ivorian Art Forward Through Photography

These young and emerging female photographers from Côte d'Ivoire are shaking up Abidjan's art scene.

There's been a tremendous amount of awe-inspiring art coming from the African continent lately. Photography is no exception. It is one of the most powerful tools used in changing the way in which the West perceives Africa and its diaspora and perhaps the reason why contemporary photography is thriving.

The female gaze is paramount to the way in which the aforementioned visual stories are told and the female photographers here are using their camera lenses to give us glimpses of lands, peoples, histories, and futures unknown. Their individual experiences and perspectives are widening the scope of what is believed to be Côte d'Ivoire. Within the country's capital, Abidjan, there's a creative scene that seems to have sprawled up out of nowhere yet is so rich in its offerings.

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