Nosizwe On Collaborating With Georgia Anne Muldrow On Her Debut Album, 'In Fragments'

South African/Norwegian singer Nosizwe debuts new single “The Best Drug” and talks collaboration with Georgia Anne Muldrow.

On her debut album, South African/Norwegian singer Nosizwe joins forces with one of her heroes, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Georgia Anne Muldrow.

“It’s a ten-track journey into really beautiful double bass and synth and stories of loss and drug abuse and friendship and learning” the artist tells Okayafrica over Skype. The forthcoming project, In Fragments, is produced entirely by Muldrow.

“It speaks so clearly about who I am and where I come from and what has made me” Nosizwe says.

Born in Norway to South African parents, Nosizwe and her family returned to a post-democratic South Africa in 1994. Now 32, the singer, political activist and mother is making beat-produced electronic soul music from her home base of Oslo.

In 2012 she featured on Sisi’s catchy debut, “Stay.” It was then that she began experimenting with her own sounds. Her debut single, “Do You,” arrived not long after. A follow-up, “The Beat,” came in 2013.

"The Best Drug" cover art.

On crossing paths with Muldrow, Nosizwe says the story is quite random. Her manager was out record shopping and returned carrying one of Muldrow’s albums. Nosizwe was already a huge fan. Her manager secretly reached out to Muldrow. The prolific electronic musician and producer was on board to collaborate. And in February of 2015 Nosizwe flew out to Vegas to begin the recording process.

“It was really intense and really great,” she says of working with Muldrow. “She’s so calmly professional and so open to all impulses.”

Nosizwe calls the album an experiment in soundscapes, with Muldrow’s flavors infused into the productions and synth play.

Today we premiere the first single off In Fragments. “The Best Drug” is a feel-good, throwback dance floor jam featuring and produced by Muldrow.

“Music is the best drug, ain't no two ways about it” says Nosizwe on the meaning and inspiration for the track. “It can lift you when you need lifting, hold you when you need an embrace and add to the mood when you are already feeling good.”

Listen to “The Best Drug” below. In Fragments is slated for a 2016 release on So Real International.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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