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Nadia Nakai and Priddy Ugly. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

In Photos: Priddy Ugly & Nadia Nakai on Bacardi Live Sessions

Go behind the scenes with Priddy Ugly and Nadia Nakai at their Bacardi Live Sessions.

South African rapper Nadia Nakai paired up with Priddy Ugly for the first iteration of this year's Bacardi Live Sessions. The series sees two artists (one established, and the other up-and-coming) pairing up for a performance in which the emerging artist performs their songs.


Priddy Ugly performed three songs in front of Nadia Nakai who was chilling like the boss she is in the background. Priddy Ugly's set consisted of "Tshela" from his 2017 album E.G.Y.P.T. and two new songs to be included in the deluxe version of the album releasing this Friday.

Priddy Ugly's stage presence is unmatched—he's light on his feet, and him and his producer Wichi 1080, always display chemistry be it on live shows or records.

Below, are some photos from behind the scenes of the session, which is yet to be released online.

Priddy Ugly and his girlfriend, Bontle Modiselle. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Bontle Modiselle and Wichi 1080. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nadia Nakia. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

All photography by Sabelo Mkhabela. He's lit on Instagram: @sabzamk


The performance was a taste of what we can expect from Priddy Ugly when he has his Bacardi House Party Session on 26 January 2019.

Interview
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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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