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Watch Solange (and Sampha) Slay on SNL With ‘Cranes in the Sky’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’

Solange made her Saturday Night Live debut with performances of A Seat at the Table’s ‘Cranes in the Sky’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ featuring Sampha.

To quote Mike Birbiglia's character in the SNL-themed comedy-drama Don’t Think Twice (which I coincidentally saw tonight), “You never know if it was good when you were little or you were just little so you didn't know. It's the great paradox of [Saturday Night Live] is ‘was it good ever?’”

And while I can’t answer that question, one thing is clear: Solange's SNL appearance was, not surprisingly, really damn good.

The singer was absolutely divine as she made her Studio 8H debut on tonight's Season 42 episode hosted by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Backed by a full band, she first performed A Seat at the Table’s “Cranes in the Sky” in a two-piece and halo before breaking out in dance later in the night with an explosive, otherworldly rendition of “Don’t Touch My Hair.” She was joined for the latter by UK singer-songwriter/producer Sampha, who’s having a big week of his own.

Tonight’s SNL appearance was glorious, but it was also one of many recent victories for the younger Knowles sister. Her new 21-track album, A Seat at the Table, sold 72,000 equivalent album units in its first week to take the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart and make a bit of history in the process—Solange and Beyoncé are now the first and only solo artist sisters to score No. 1 albums in the same year.

It seems SNL is hitting a bit of a stride as well. Next up? Dave Chappelle and A Tribe Called Quest (!!!!!!) will serve as host and musical guest respectively on the show's November 12th episode.

Soo proud of my baby on SNL. Right now❤️

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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