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Okmalumkoolkat & Push Push Join Thor Rixon On 'Bury Me With Diamonds'

Cape Town producer Thor Rixon continues to experiment with unusual sounds on "Bury Me With Diamonds" featuring Okmalumkoolkat and Push Push.


On "Bury Me With Diamonds," Cape Town-based musician and producer Thor Rixon continues to experiment with unusual, electronic-influenced sounds and live instruments with help from Okmalumkoolkat and Push Push (aka the rap moniker of Cape Town's Nicci St. Bruce). "I started writing the track about a year ago in my lil room, and have been tinkering with it over the course of the year," Rixon explained over email. "Malum and Nicci came over to my place one night towards the end of last year and spent about 2 hours writing and recording their parts. It was a super focussed and creative session, and super inspiring to be around. I then spent another few months fiddling with the production to fit with the vocals and for the vocals to fit with the production."

Speaking on what influenced his production on the track, the naas co-founder told us he's been heavily influenced by "textures in music" as of late. "The little pops and clicks of an instrument being played live or the obscure timbre of an instrument is what really gets my vibe straight to 100% and gets me excited," says Rixon. "So I have started focussing a lot on incorporating interesting and hopefully unheard textures into the songs I write."

For the past three months, Rixon has been traveling around Europe– with his base being Berlin– and recording his new album, Songs From The Bath. "I wanted to step out of South Africa for a bit to get a different perspective of the world and of where I come from," Rixon tells us. "The travels have been suuuuper inspiring with all the different music and cultures in this part of the world. I have incorporated a little bit of every place I have traveled to into the album to make it as rich as possible."

"Bury Me With Diamonds," which premiered yesterday on Noisey alongside an interview with Nicci St. Bruce, is now available for download on iTunes. Listen below, and stay tuned for news on Songs From The Bath, which also features this truly bizarre anti-bread anthem. For more from Thor Rixon, download his exclusive Cape Town In Your Earbuds mixtape.

Thor Rixon (Photo courtesy of Rixon)

Okmalumkoolkat (Photo: Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist)

Push Push aka Nicci St. Bruce (Photo: Peter Georgiades)

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

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