JHB Rapper Sam Turpin Takes A Reflective Bike Ride In His 'Alexandrie' Video

Johannesburg-based rapper Sam Turpin releases the official music video for his song "Alexandrie" off his 2014 'Eternal Sentiment' EP.

Nearly a year ago, 19-year-old Johannesburg rapper/producer (and occasional video directorSam Turpin dropped the engagingly swift Eternal Sentiment EP. Now, the young artist releases the official music video for the standout track from that album, the subtly involving “Alexandrie.” Directed by JHB videographer Mpho Austin Malema, the visuals show Turpin bicycling around a vast, florid park, periodically stopping to deliver his introspective yet socially-aware lyrics and dance to his dark-circus beats. Speaking about the genesis of the piece Turpin tells us, “I decided to make a video for it after the amazing feedback I got for the track. A lot of the people who heard the EP told me that Alexandrie was their favourite track and so I wanted to bring it to life.” The result is not just a beautifully-shot music video but a warmly melancholic portrait of a young wanderer. Check it out below.


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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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