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Kwabs 'Last Stand'

Listen to Kwabs 'Last Stand,' the latest single from the Ghanaian/UK-based crooner.


It was almost a year ago that we suggested eyes be kept on Ghanaian-born/UK-based student of jazz Kwabs (full name Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong). Kwabs' coming-of-age has no doubt coincided with a renaissance moment in the story of left-of-center R&B, whose holy book may just become Solange's recently unveiled dream comp. The latest from the gospel-strenghted crooner is a new pillar in this rise of urban alternative. "Last Stand" is a 'stop dead in your tracks' level of foreboding synth (think "Wilhelm Scream," which, coincidentally, received cover treatment from Kwabs). Call us out for this one, but does anyone else notice something of a similar progression as "Careless Whisper?" Cheeseball familiarities aside, as these cold days dawn the Sohn-produced battle with demons is going to be a most excellent slice of comfort. Listen to the soul protecting joint below.

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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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