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Una Rams, a South African Computer Science Student, Might Be Your New Favourite Singer

We get to know South African musician and computer science student Una Rams.

“Una Rams is a small town kid that’s just trying to express himself through music,” Una Rams tells me over the phone. Like Kid Cudi before him, the South African musician is fit to become the voice of a generation. He’s got relatable stories to tell and pop sensibilities that give him a mainstream edge.


Born into a Christian family in Makwarela, a small town in Limpopo, Una moonlights as University of Pretoria computer science student Unarine Rambani. At 20, he's in the prime of his academic career–he's about to finish his undergrad studies and likely continue on to his postgrad. His music, meanwhile, is just taking off.

Una’s Pink Moon EP was on heavy rotation at the Okayafrica Jozi offices this winter, specifically the B.O.B.-esque lead single, “Nobody,” which Una says was inspired by a crush.

“I like telling a story, which doesn’t necessarily have to be my story,” Una tells me. “It’s just nice to feel that you’re not the only one in the world.” That’s what he says his songs are really focused on.

Una, whose galactic sounds pull from a hybrid of genres, looks towards reggae and dancehall on his heartbreak-inspired new single, “Girls Like You.”

If the young singer, songwriter, producer is to really “make it,” he’ll have done so without sacrificing his studies. Education, after all, runs in his veins. His parents started out as teachers before moving up in the ranks of South Africa’s Department Education, where they still work today. And the Rambanis have plenty reason to proud–Una was one of the top academic achievers in Limpopo his graduating year, finishing in the top 30 amongst matriculates.

Above all, Una hopes to inspire his fellow South African youth to remain steadfast in their commitment to education: “I want the youth in South Africa to realise that yes they can achieve their goals, but it doesn’t mean they have to forsake or leave their education.”

Keep up with Una Rams on Facebook and Twitter. "Girls Like You" is up for free download here.

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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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