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Afrobeats At SXSW: Ice Prince, Sarkodie & R2bees In Conversation [Okayafrica TV]

Ice Prince, Sarkodie and R2Bees speak to Okayafrica TV at SXSW 2015.


Last month Okayafrica went down to Texas for SXSW 2015, where some of afrobeats' biggest stars were in attendance. The first ever Sounds From Africa official showcase, Winnie K Mgmt, and Coyah Productions) turned Austin’s 6th Street into a hot and sweaty West African nightclub, with Nigeria's Ice Prince, Davido, Emma Nyra, DJ Spinall, Ghanaian heavyweights Sarkodie, Samini, R2bees, and Côte d’Ivoire’s Serge Beynaud all in the building (produced by Rickie Davies PR). Earlier that day we caught up with Ice Prince, Sarkodie and the R2bees cousins (Faisal “Paedae da Parlem” Hakeem and Rashid Mugeez) for a round of rapid-fire questions. Which of their songs is best to do "it" to? Kanye vs. Kendrick? Femi or Seun? Beyonce or Rihanna? What's the biggest song back home right now? The answers to these and more in the latest episode of Okayafrica TV below.

Special thanks to Rickie Davies.

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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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