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Video: Octopizzo ft. AntoNeosoul 'Toboa'

Kenyan Octopizzo Toboa video featuring AntoNeosoul.


A native and product of Kibera, the second biggest slum in Africa, Octopizzo's lyrics and message don't fall short of sharply criticizing the Kenyan government's failure to serve its people. As rapper turned activist, Octo's "Toboa" is only one of the many tracks in his catalog that bring back that essence of ages-past when hip-hop was both a force and a tool for social justice and change. "Toboa'"(Swahili for "reveal") is both a direct appeal to Kenyans to speak up against their corrupt government and an address to the politicians to be honest and transparent to the population. Flashing images of dusty Kenyan streets and political fat-cats in fancy suits reveals striking contrasts in wealth while Octo, spotting a Biggie Smalls shirt and baggy Tupac jeans, subtly pays homage to his influences and reinforces his message of necessary reconciliation between and within both sides. "Toboa" will likely be feature on his upcoming "Chocolate City" album. The track features AntoNeosoul, a Kenyan soul artist and actor.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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