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This Is The Most Badass Performance We've Seen This Year

South African singer Manthe Ribane and producer Okzharp deliver the flyest performance we've seen in 2017.

South African singer, Manthe Ribane, is a performance artist as much as she is a musical one.


She's given us memorable showcases of her talents in music videos like "Dear Ribane," which we regarded as "the future of electronic performance art videos," and she gives us that same feeling in a new set for Boiler Room with UK-based Hyperdub producer and frequent collaborator Okzharp.

In this Ramone Anderson-directed, the producer and artist duo trade lines and ad-libs back and forth as they run through tracks from their latest EP Tell Your Vision—the follow-up to 2015's Dumela 113in a hazy, black and white space. To sum it up, the performance is 15 minutes of spellbinding energy.

With Ribane's daring stage presence (and overall flyness) coupled with Okzharp's pounding production, the set is easily one of the most captivating live performance we've seen so far this year.

Check it out below and stream Tell Your Vision underneath.

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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