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Video: Pharoahe Monch & Jean Grae in South Africa

Okayplayers-for-life Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae touched down in South Africa earlier this year where they were both performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Red Bull's cameras caught up with the pair for an interview about their desire to visit the continent (though, as she notes herself, Jean was born in SA). They also catch snippets of both emcee's live performances and a behind-the-scenes look at Pharoahe Monch's "Haile Selassie Karate" music video shoot in Mitchell's Plain. For more see our full Cape Town International Jazz Festival recap.


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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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