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Little Simz is Coming Back to South Africa (!!)

UK rapper Little Simz is making her Johannesburg-area live debut at Oppikoppi.

You heard it right. According to Red Bull, the 22-year-old UK-based, Nigerian-rooted rapper (née Simbi Ajikawo) is headed back to South Africa next month. Little Simz will make her Johannesburg-area live debut at Oppikoppi, where she’ll perform at the Red Bull Studio Live stage on Saturday, 6 August, at 9:45 PM. This year’s lineup–the festival’s 22nd edition–also includes the likes of Petite Noir, Nakhane Touré, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Riky Rick, Bye Beneco, Johnny Cradle, Jullian Gomes, Kid Fonque, Reason, Soweto punk band TCIYF, Tresor, Urban Village, Yelawolf and many more.


Simz made a big splash her first time in SA last October as part of the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy in Cape Town–a 10-day event that gathered 18 of South Africa’s brightest social entrepreneurs for a series of workshops and events in Langa. The trip came right on the heels of #FeesMustFall, and the student-led protests inspired the rapper’s powerful “Gratitude” video (one of our favourites of 2016). For more on that, read up on our interview with the video’s Director of Photography, Imraan Christian.

Look forward to seeing you in SA, Little Simz.

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Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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