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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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Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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