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First Listen: Nosizwe’s Video for “The Drill” Is A Therapeutic Piece of Performance Art

Watch Nosizwe's latest music video for 'The Drill.'

Norway-based South African soul singer Nosizwe is always hard at work. She recently released a new single titled "The Drill." The song's music video, which we are premiering here, is a counter to the song's heavy subject matter, as it has touches of humor—on the video, you can see Nosizwe being herself, gyrating in different serene locations all showing Norwegian symbolism.


"The Drill," which features guitarist Anders Tjore, is essentially about healing, as she sings, "I'm load-shedding like an Eskom station," and "The lessons you learn will guide you home/ The lessons you learn will guide you to love."

"The song is pretty brutal, somehow," says Nosizwe in an email to OkayAfrica. "Even embedded in all of its softness. It is the first song I wrote over a Georgia Anne Muldrow beat, and the track has followed me ever since."

"I don't think it is possible for me to be more honest about my self-loathing or the hard work it has been to unload, load-shed like an Eskom station, to get to a healthier place mentally. Still a work in progress, entangled with identity, diaspora, and all that juicy stuff. Which is somewhat touched upon in the video."

"The Drill" is an acoustic version of "The Lesson," a song from her album In Fragments (2016).

The song's music video was inspired by Wes Anderson, Baloji, and Norwegian contemporary artist, Linn Pedersen. "It is inspired and searching for an aesthetic that is cleaner and more self- aware," Nosizwe says. Her aesthetic on the video is inspired by Ankara dress and Afro wear, and is entirely styled by clothing designer and stylist, KINAM.

Watch the video for "The Drill" below and listen to In Fragments underneath or download it here.



Follow Nosizwe on Twitter, Instagram and her website.

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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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