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Behind-The-Scenes At Nneka's Okay Acoustic Session

Browse through a gallery of pictures from Nneka's Okay Acoustic session in Brooklyn Bridge Park, shot by photographer Oluwaseye.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Nneka recently linked up with Okayafrica TV to play a stripped-down version of "Shining Star" on the edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photographer Oluwaseye was present during the shoot, which saw Nneka performing in front of Tom Fruin’s colorful plexiglass Kolonihavehus installation, to snap some striking behind-the-scenes pictures of the singer. Watch the resulting performance of "Shining Star," a song about "being hopeful regardless of what’s happening around your environment" for Okay Acoustic below and view Oluwaseye's photos in the gallery above.


Music

Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.