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Okayplayer Premiere: Whosane x Ski Beatz “The Legacy”

single artwork for Whosane x Ski Beatz "The Legacy" f/ Lindiwe, depicting the struggle against Apartheid in South Africa

Okayplayer World Premiere business, y’all. We told you this Whosane comeback is not a joke thing…the pan-African MC continues to expand on the promise of his forthcoming LP Brooklyn to Cape Town with every new joint he delivers.  ”The Legacy,” with Lindiwe and super-producer Ski Beatz, flips the melody of “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” into an epic beat and–short of licking a toyi-toyi in the air–you couldn’t really create a track to get anybody who knows the history and struggle embodied in this song any hyper. And with lines like “I’ma tell you what’s gone bring us a brighter day / and make Madiba smile like seeing freedom a mile away…” it shows in the verses Whosane and Lindiwe put down. Charge up below…


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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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