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Artist Playlist: Sarz

Having worked with the likes of Wizkid and Drake, Sarz is one of the biggest afrobeats producers out right now. Listen to his exclusive playlist for OkayAfrica.

Sarz is the man behind some of your favorite tracks.

He was the one who produced "Come Closer," the huge collaboration between Wizkid and Drake from Sounds From The Other Side, and has worked on countless hits for Starboy—"Sweet Love," "Jaiye Jaiye," "Beat of Life," "African Bad Girl," and "Sound It," to name a few.

He's also lent his production skills to several singles from many of afropop's biggest names, including 2face Idibia, M.I, Skales, eLDee, Banky W, and Niniola.

We caught up with the Nigerian super producer for our latest Artist Playlist, for which he decided to highlight the songs he wishes he'd produced.

Check out the new Artist Playlist: Sarz below and on our Spotify and Apple Music channels.

Collie Budz "I Got You"

Sarz: This song got me through the summer. Love it!

Skrillex & Rick Ross "Purple Lamborghini"

Sarz: If there's anyone in the world that I don't understand how he does it, it has to be Skrillex!

Tracy Chapman "Baby Can I Hold You"

Sarz: This song makes me feel vulnerable lol.

Drake "Controlla"

Sarz: This smash sounds like something I would do and I wish I did it lol

Michael Jackson "Liberian Girl"

Sarz: This is just pure vibes. The beat?!?! Omg!

Wizkid "Shabba" ft. Chris Brown, Trey Songz & French Montana

Sarz: This song tormented me even before it was out. It made me ask myself: "What are you doing with your life Sarz?!"

Shabba Ranks "Housecall" ft. Maxi Priest

Sarz: No words. I forget the world when this song is on.

D'banj "Oliver Twist"

Sarz: The production on this is brilliant! It's Don Jazzy again!

Dua Lipa "New Rules"

Sarz: I love this. I totally wish I did this.

Kanye West "Love Lockdown"

Sarz: This is such a tune and also very creative.

Listen to Sarz' Artist Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.


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Influential Louis Vuitton And Off-White Designer Virgin Abloh, Dies at 41

The popular Ghanian-American designer had been battling a rare form of cancer in private for several years.

The fashion industry has lost a talented, unique, and boundary-pushing influence this weekend.

41-year-old Ghanianian-American designer Virgil Abloh has died after a 2 year battle with a rare form of cancer, a statement from his associates LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton said on Sunday. Abloh, founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White, and artistic director of men's wear at French fashion house Louis Vuitton leaves his wife Shannon, and 2 children - Lowe and Grey. Chairman and CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault said in a statement, "We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom." "The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother, or their friend," he added.

After the news broke on Sunday, Abloh started trending on Twitter, with fans of the designer remembering his influence on music, art, and fashion. The 1990s saw Abloh DJ and the creative director once told The Guardian in a 2016 interview, "When the phone is off, I play my favorite songs really loud for myself, and I'm not talking to anyone. I'm not managing anything. It's just like a time when I can listen to music… I'll be DJing after I'm done designing or doing anything else." Virgil got his hands into designing album artworks after strumming up a friendship with American rapper Kanye West before becoming the creative director of West's DONDA Creative House. More recently known for his creative streetwear brand 'Off-White' the designer became popular among fashion-conscious youngsters and will forever be immortalized.

A statement posted to Abloh's Instagram explained that "Virgil chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture"

Friends, fans, and colleagues took to social media to share their well-wishes for Virgil as he transitions to his next destination.



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