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Nadia Nakai Just Became The First Hip-Hop Artist To Be on The Cover of Glamour South Africa

"Naaa mean, we on magazines."

South African hip-hop star Nadia Nakai is on the cover of the September issue of Glamour SA. This makes her the first ever rapper to grace the cover of the glossy magazine. Hip-hop has come a long way in South Africa, and as it's currently one of the most popular genres in the country, it's achieving many firsts on mainstream media.


Nadia's profile has grown tremendously in the last few years. She has released hits such as "The Man," "Money Back," "Sqwaa" and "Naaa Mean," among others. She is currently signed to Cassper Nyovest's Family Tree label, and her debut album is coming this year.


The hip-hop artist shares the Glamour SA cover with lawyer, activist and model Thando Hopa, and the magazine's new editor Asanda Sizani.

The editor's appearance on the cover has received mixed reactions. While some feel she's breaking the old rules (which is great), others aren't sure what to make of Sizani, who's the magazine's first black editor in chief, pulling an Oprah and putting herself on the cover of a magazine she edits.

Below are some tweets reacting to the cover:









Pick up a copy of the September issue of Glamour SA wherever magazines are sold.

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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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