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Marian Mereba 'Room For Living Remixes'

Listen to 'Room For Living Remixes' EP from Ethiopian-American soulstress Marian Mereba.


We've been feeling Ethiopian-American songstress Marian Mereba since Revivalist first tipped us off to her folky soulfulness. With today's release of Room For Living Remixes we thought we'd do our part to spread the ATL via Philly singer some love. The reworked collection transforms simplicity through soul on the standout original EP into rainy day, hip-hop concoctions with dreamy bass production. This one hits a bit close to home in the office, dots connecting all throughout the Okay fam. ?uestlove even gets a shout at one point. Snaps to OKA fashion guru Poundo for spotting Marian graced in Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane's Seraka label for the above featured album art (more Prêt-À-Poundo thoughts on those modern shapes here). Listen to the remixed EP and watch the Philly native discuss her Ethiopian heritage with the Revivalist below.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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