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Sam Turpin Releases Emotional Tribute to His Mother 'Summer Evening'

Listen to Sam Turpin's new single 'Summer Evening.'

Joburg rapper Sam Turpin's latest song "Summer Evening" is a tribute to his late mother, anti-apartheid activist and photographer Gisèle Wulfsohn who died of cancer in 2011.


"I started making music seriously after my mother passed," says Sam in an email to OkayAfrica. "It was the only way I could cope and the only way I could feel normal again. I've always felt like I do it for her but I've only addressed losing her in very abstract terms, ways and sounds. This is the first time I've been direct about it. 'Summer Evening' is like a letter to her from me and from India. Working with her makes it all the more special since our mothers were very good friends."

The emotional song features London based songstress India Shan. India has been a family friend since the anti-apartheid struggle, and her mother is South African photo-journalist Jillian Edelstein.

Sam Turpin hasn't released new music since 2017 when he released his debut mixtape 4am in Jozi. This hiatus was a result of Sam enrolling in college full-time to study sound engineering and several music theory courses.

Listen to "Summer Evening" below:



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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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