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London-born Mauritian singer-songwriter Lavaud.

Listen to Lavaud’s Sultry New Single ‘In This Room’

Premiere: The London-born Mauritian singer-songwriter's new song follows her recent collaboration with Nigerian artist Reekado Banks.

British artist Lavaud shares her latest single "In This Room."

The song speaks to the feeling of being stuck in a small space and longing for freedom or room to be ourselves—a feeling that most can relate to with the current state of the world.

The 25-year-old singer wrote the track, played guitar and recorded it in her home studio. It all comes naturally to her, as she grew up in an environment where music was a part of everything, "I grew up surrounded by all kinds of music. Listening to everything from Sega, a traditional Mauritian sound, Soul, Jazz, R&B, Reggae and Gospel," the artist says.


Where does her inspiration come from? The most important man in her life, "My father is my greatest influence and inspiration. He is an amazing person, musician, and teacher. I was exposed to much music with him."

Another message that reverberates from the track is a feeling of hopelessness under societal chains, "I wrote 'In This Room' as a response to feeling isolated and away from love", she says, "the truth is the whole world is in need of love… and I've decided to donate from the success of this song to the 'Black Lives Matter' foundation."

With this ballad in her repertoire, we know that there is more good to come from the mind and voice of Lavaud.

Check out our premiere of "In My Room" below.

Lavaud - In This Room (Official Audio) www.youtube.com

Read Lavaud's full quote about "In This Room" below:

"I was planning to surprise you guys by releasing a song I wrote and played on my guitar right here in my room... (called "In This Room").

But honestly, can't lie, I lost all excitement because honestly, I've been overwhelmed with sadness as a result of the cold blooded murders we continue to see from police brutality, and the disease of racism.

We are made to think that we have freedom. But it is fake. Fake freedom. if we were really free we wouldn't have to worry about being killed simply because of the colour of our skin.

The system has trapped us into thinking that we are free, but it is fake freedom. We must destroy a system which serves white privilege because enough is enough, we demand equality.

I went to the protest yesterday & it was powerful, so liberating, to be a part of this demand for change.

It gave me hope for our future, it reminded me that we all have the power to change things when we unite, when we are fearless and we we stand by each other.

I do believe we will truly really be free in this world one day and I'm committing my gifts to hoping that change.

I wrote "In This Room" as a response to feeling isolated and away from love, the truth is the whole world is in need of love... and I've decided to donate from the success of this song to the "Black Lives Matter" foundation.

Pre-Order is live tomorrow and the song is out June 12th. I decided to use my voice the best way I can, through music. I pray we all bring what we can to the table and I ask for your support.

Together the change we see, is the change we can be. #Blacklivesmatter"


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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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