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Watch Intimate Performances of Sipho The Gift’s ‘ANYWHERE’ and ‘iNFORMERCiALS iNTERLUDE’

Sipho The Gift treats fans to stripped down performances of songs from his latest album.

South African rapper Sipho The Gift recently performed two songs from his new album iNDiGO.

The performance took place at Red Bull Studios in Cape Town, "as part of a visual translation of the iNDiGO album," says the rapper. He worked with Euden "Eudy" Oliphant on keys, Nathan Solomon on drums and Duncan Johnson on bass.


He told OkayAfrica in an email:

"The album deals with color and emotional tones of the color spectrum, so the idea was to translate the sounds on iNDiGO into actual colour and light. The point of both performances was to be ethereal and strip the sounds down to their most emotive intimate elements."

The clips consist mostly of closeup shots, which contribute to the intimacy the artist was going for in the performances. Just as the sounds are stripped down to their emotive and intimate elements, visually, you get to be as close to the artist as he hopes the music gets to you in this form.

The performance is a further indication of Sipho's current mind state musically. His album and Good Things Comes In 3s, the EP that precedes it, both consist of live instrumentation alongside digital production.

In our interview with the rapper and producer earlier this month, he said:

"iNDiGO is a perfect follow-up to Kintsugi in the sense that it's much lighter after the catharsis. I'm really proud of the steps I've taken to elevate my craft; there's live guitar, bass, keys and strings. It's even more musical than this EP actually. I was blessed and fortunate enough to get some live elements for the production and even check some personal goals off the bucket list."

Watch the live performances of "ANYWHERE" and "iNFORMERCiALS iNTERLUDE" from iNDiGO below and stream the album underneath.




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The normalising of Black and brown women in wigs of various styles has certainly been welcomed by the community, as it has opened up so many creative avenues for Black women to take on leadership roles and make room for themselves in the industry.

Radswan (formerly known as Big Hair Don't Care), is a lifestyle brand "bringing a new perspective on Blackness through hair, by disrupting the synthetic market with innovative and sustainable products." Through their rebrand, Radswan aims to, "upscale the direct-to-consumer experience holistically, by having connected conversations around culture and identity, in order to remove the roots of stigma."

The latest from French-Cameroonian founder and creator Freddie Harrel - who was featured on our list of 100 women of 2020 - has built her career in digital marketing and reputation as an outspoken advocate for women's empowerment. On top of her business ventures, the 2018 'Cosmopolitan Influencer of the Year' uses her platform to advocate for women's empowerment with 'SHE Unleashed,' a workshop series where women of all ages come together to discuss the issues that impact the female experience, including the feeling of otherness, identity politics, unconscious bias, racism and sexism.

And hair is clearly one of her many passions, as Freddie says, "Hair embodies my freest and earliest form of self expression, and as a shapeshifter, I'm never done. I get to forever reintroduce my various angles, tell all my stories to this world that often feels constrained and biased."

Armed with a committee of Black women, Freddie has cultivated Radswan and the aesthetic that comes with the synthetic but luxurious wigs. The wigs are designed to look like as though the hair is growing out of her own head, with matching lace that compliments your own skin colour.

By being the first brand to use recycled fibres, Radswan is truly here to change the game. The team has somehow figured out how to make their products look and feel like the real thing, while using 0% human hair and not negotiating on the price, quality or persona.

In 2019, the company secured £1.5m of investment led by BBG Ventures with Female Founders Fund and Pritzker Private Capital participating, along with angelic contributions from Hannah Bronfman, Nashilu Mouen Makoua, and Sonja Perkins.

On the importance of representation and telling Black stories through the products we create, Freddie says, "Hair to me is Sundays kneeling between your mothers or aunties legs, it's your cousin or newly made friend combing lovingly through your hair, whilst you detangle your life out loud. Our constant shapeshifting teaches us to see ourselves in each other, the hands braiding always intimately touching our head more often than not laying someone's lap."

"Big Hair No Care took off in ways we couldn't keep up with," she continues, "RadSwan is our comeback.It's a lifestyle brand, it's the hair game getting an upgrade, becoming fairer and cleaner. It's the platform that recognises and celebrates your identity as a shapeshifter, your individuality and your right to be black like you."


Check out your next hairstyle from Radswan here.

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