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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.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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