DJ Vadim & Sena Premiere 'How Fast It Grows'

Ghanaian-Hungarian rapper Sena Dagadu and Russian-to-East London based producer DJ Vadim premiere "How Fast It Grows."

Ghanaian-Hungarian rapper Sena Dagadu and Russia-to-East London based producer DJ Vadim, have dropped the electro-soul Jamaican-influenced collab project Grow Slow. Their latest single "How Fast It Grows" is a funky low tempo hip-hop song carried by Sena's impressive lyricism. "These days the youth indeed slowly still unravel the truth. Fighting against is no use lets not confuse cause the struggle is profuse," she raps over DJ Vadim's beat.

The unlikely duo met while attending a festival in Budapest back in 2005 while DJ Vadim was working on his album The Soundcatcher.  They first collaborated in 2007 for that same LP, producing the sensual lo-fi track "Talk To Me."

DJ Vadim wrote to Okayafrica via e-mail about the influences behind "How Fast It Grows," “Obviously working with an artist as spiritually rooted as Sena brings more of those African vibes to the music I make, as we influence each other constantly. It's clear from her lyrics, sense of rhythm and her delivery that her Ghanaian history is a huge part of who she is as an artist, but in this track particularly that deep ancestry reveals itself strongly. There's a subtle African influence in the arrangement of the track too, from those clean guitar licks through to the gradual (if subtle) horn crescendo at the back end of the track (I learned that trick from Fela himself)”

Grow Slow will be released June 15 2015 via BBE Records, you can pre-order the album now. Stream our premiere of "How Fast It Grows," a Grow Slow bonus track, below.


Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

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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