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Namibian Lyricist Mark Mushiva Goes Off in New Song ‘Turbo Summation 1.0’

Listen to a new song by Black Vulcanite member Mark Mushiva titled 'Turbo Summation 1.0.'

Mark Mushiva's pen shines once again in his new solo single "Turbo Summation 1.0.' He muses about a few issues and touches on a few narratives over an airy boom bap instrumental that teleports you to the golden era. Mark's raps are unpredictable because of his wide vocabulary and the versatility of his references.


"Turbo Summation 1.0" is the first single to Mark Mushiva's upcoming project of the same name. The last time we spoke to the Namibian MC, he was holed up in an Airbnb in Joburg around this time last year. He was working on some ideas for the project, which was then untitled.

Read: How to Rap About Africa: Remembering When Binyavanga's Iconic Essay Was Turned Into a Scathing Rap Song By Black Vulcanite

"So, it's pretty much just like a mock sort of thing and it's probably a combination of just like everything that's me pretty much. Fusion between the rap, the skateboarding, street fashion and computer science and a bunch of other weird things that I'm into," he said about the project, which puts the cover art into context and why the song is titled "Turbo Summation."

"So, this is just going to be the first offering if you're not counting the mixtapes that I did when I was 16 and whatever after what we did with Black Vulcanite."

Mark Mushiva is a third of the Namibian hip-hop crew Black Vulcanite, which is one of the continent's best kept secrets. They have released two solid projects Remember The Future (2013) and Black Colonialists (2016).

Stream/buy "Turbo Summation 1.0" below:


Turbo Summation 1.0 drops on the 23rd of February.

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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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