Audio: Perfecto 'Meet Perfecto' [Mixtape]

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A former student at the prestigious New York Film Academy, fast-rising hip hop emcee Perfecto was born in Maseru, Lesotho, and raised in South Africa and Ghana. “Kung-fu flicks, philosophy and filmmaking,” his  biography reads, all form an integral part in his approach to his creative process. Meet Perfecto, his 13-track free-download introductory mixtape, is filled with graphic narratives — some comic, others bizarre —  layered over well-crafted atmospheric beats. Check him out above) dropping a hot 16 and stream/download Meet Perfecto mixtape below.: http://meetperfecto.bandcamp.com/

Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

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Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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