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Sierra Leonean-German Singer Patrice Drops a Protest Song, Co-Written by Diplo and MØ

Singer-song writer Patrice releases a music video for "Burning Bridges," the lead single off his forthcoming album 'Life's Blood.'

German-Sierra Leonean artist Patrice has just debuted his leading single, “Burning Bridges” off his forthcoming album Life’s Blood.


The song, which was produced by the Picard Brothers (credited for Major Lazer’s “Powerful”) was written alongside American DJ/producer Diplo and singer-songwriter .

If you haven’t heard of Patrice, the singer, songwriter and director, first made waves in 1999 with the release of his EP Lions and was Lauryn Hill’s opener for the European leg of her Miseducation Tour.

The 36-year-old artist whose full name is Patrice Bart Williams credits the likes of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Nina Simone for curating his sound. His song, “Burning Bridges,” pays homage to those legends as a protest-unity anthem.

Featuring reggae undertones complemented by an afrobeat rhythm, the track carries Patrice throughout Jamaica in its accompanying music video.

The video, which Patrice directed himself, celebrates Caribbean Junkanoo, with costume, stark colors and dance. The “dancers of the Caribbean-Jonkunno tradition rise up against evil spirits and worldly oppressors. We witness their dance of joy, strength and overpowering spirit,” the artist mentions.

You can catch Patrice next week on June 27 as he performs at the Brooklyn Bowl alongside Lady Moon and the Eclipse.

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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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