Afro-Norwegians Nico & Vinz Take Over The Summer With 'Am I Wrong'

Afro-Norwegian singers/songwriters Nico & Vinz perform their summer anthem "Am I Wrong" live on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

Afro-Norwegians Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery, more famously known by the duo’s stage name Nico & Vinz, have taken over airways with their infectious, feel-good, summer anthem “Am I Wrong” (the track is the most shazam-ed song at the moment, top 5 on iTunes singles charts, top 5 on Spotify's most played tracks and has become a multi-platinum #1 hit… I could go on but I digress). This week the Oslo-based pair rocked The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon backed by The Roots with a rousing live performance of their 'no clouds in the sky'-ready single. The singer/songwriters of Ivorian and Ghanaian descent respectively got the Tonight Show crowd on their feet with some Azonto-infused dance moves and contagious energy that filled the studio.

Often joking that there ARE black people in Norway, Nico & Vinz are extremely vocal about their blended ethnicities and the many spaces and places that shape their eclectic, pop, West African dance, reggae fused sound. Recently, the pair paid tribute to their African heritage in the Kavar Singh-directed visuals for their chart-smashing hit, for which they traveled to Maun, Bostwana to capture some light-hearted, everyday moments that are often overshadowed in Western media by representations that cloud Africa in tragedy and old and tired tropes.

The pair will be bringing their 'stay true to yourself' anthem — which was inspired by their personal experience possessing huge dreams in a small country — and their genre-bending borderless music to stages around the world as they embark on a run of shows opening for Bruno Mars' "Moonshine Jungle" tour. Listen to an interview where the duo talks more about their African roots and check out Nico & Vinz's Tonight Show performance below.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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