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Serpentwithfeet Shares 'Penance' Featuring Fantasma Guitarist Andre Geldenhuys

Serpentwithfeet, formerly JOSIAHWISE IS THE SERPENTWITHFEET, links up with Fantasma guitarist Andre Geldenhuys for "Penance."


Photo by Elliot Brown Jr.

There’s a kind of irony to serpentwithfeet (formerly known as JOSIAH WISE IS THE SERPENTWITHFEET). In pictures he comes across as rebellious, grungy, non-conformist, but as soon as he starts to sing, his vulnerability and honesty wipes away any preconceived notions you may have of him. The 27-year-old New York-based artist's music is raw and comes from a place not many are willing to let others see; he calls his style 'PaganGospel,' a concept which he created himself. "Penance," one of two new tracks that he's recently released, features Fantasma guitarist Andre Geldenhuys and production work from N-Prolenta. serpentwithfeet’s hauntingly beautiful voice glides its way through the song, with his opening line, “Somehow though I am unkind grace flirts with me,” setting the scene for a narrative driven by guilt. Penance has no pretence; it's a confession coming straight from his soul. Whatever your interpretation is, serpentwithfeet’s music is bound to make you feel something, and want more. Stream "Penance," featuring Andre Geldenhuys, below.

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Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. Rema led the charge for a group of young breakthrough artists that include Fireboy DML and Joeboy. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop.

Burna Boy's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido's sophomore album, A Good Time, paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.

Not to be left out, Wizkid sated demands for his fourth album with a new collaborative EP following a year of stellar features that included his presence on Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift, an album which also boasts Tekno, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.

Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Lastly, the beef between Vector and M.I climaxed and sparked a resurgence of Nigerian rap releases from Phyno to Ycee, PsychoYP and more.

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