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Sipho The Gift Elevates His Craft With This New Colorful & Jazzy EP

In Good Things Come In 3s, we get a more sensual Sipho The Gift alongside producer oshxku.

South African rapper Sipho The Gift just released his 3-track EP Good Things Come In 3s, which offers an interesting perspective on intimacy. It follows his debut album, 2017's Kintsugi, a deeply cathartic record made from a place of gloom.

For it's part, Good Things Come in 3s is a jazzier and more colourful offering. The exquisite production is handled by the innanetwav's oshxku who's previously worked with The Big Hash. The EP comes in at just over three minutes, with each track successively bleeding into the next.


"Kintsugi was kind of dark and therapeutic," Sipho reveals, "I made this in a creative space while working on my album. I asked oshxku to send me anything he was working on, and he sent me what sounded like the foundation for an idea I always wanted to try—a continuously flowing EP."

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The musicality of Good Things Come In 3s is a sign of what's to come from Sipho's impending album, iNDiGO, scheduled for release in March.

"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."

Normally a conceptual writer, iNDiGO will see Sipho The Gift focus on sound and feeling, something oshxku's production allowed him on GTC3s.

"I tend to make concept-heavy music, so with this, the goal was to gracefully and briefly tease a sneak peek into my passionate, intimate side. I think it's even easier when working with someone as creative as oshxku, and it's always refreshing to just focus on what's presented to me."

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Made specifically for release in the month of love, Good Things Come In 3s explores different aspects of romance. The three short tracks each address the moments leading to the culmination of a romantic coupling.

The EP closes with "Act 3: WAVES," which features wittily-devised lyrics like. "Legs 'round my neck like some jewellery," and "Scratch on my back, look like a slave."

"'WAVES' is lowkey about the ebb and flow of things," Sipho says. "The duplicity of things, if you wanna go that route. So in the intimacy of things I choose to, with bravado, adorn her legs as jewelry and admire them as they glisten. But on the flip side, I can drown in the waves, become swept in the current and lose control or be enslaved to these acts of passion."

If Good Things Come In 3s, in its captivating brevity, is anything to go by, we're in for treat with iNDiGO.



For more good things, follow Sipho The Gift and oshxku on Twitter: @itsmesipho, @oshxku.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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