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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

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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