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This Somali Woman Is Introducing the World to the Flavors of Her Childhood

Hawa Hassan is introducing the World to Somali flavors through her line of hot sauces and chutneys.

NEW YORK CITYHawa Hassan's love for food started when she was young. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Hassan's early memories involve helping her mother boil pasta water or cooking briiis, Somali rice. When the civil war broke out, she fled to a UN refugee camp in Kenya with her mother and four siblings, until her mother sent her, at age seven, to live with family friends in Seattle. She had to wait fifteen years before she was able to reunite with her family.


It's after a trip to Oslo—where her family relocated—that she was inspired to package the flavors that encapsulate her heritage.

"I came back really full, ready and inspired, and I wanted to have a healthier conversation, about what it meant to be Somali, and I thought there was no better way to do that than through food," she says in a video by Eater.

She thus founded her company of Somali hot sauces and chutneys called Basbaass—a wink to the Somali term for chili—and began selling to stores and restaurants.

For more on her story, check out the video below.

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Photo: Single cover art courtesy of Emerald East

Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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