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Video: Akua Naru "Poetry: How Does It Feel?"

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We leave you for the weekend with this silky jam from Ghanaian-American Akua Naru, best described by Okayplayer's Eddie "STATS" as a "wordsmith [who] slides her voice from singing to poetry to rapping in a style you would be hard pressed to fit in any one of those three lanes." It's got all the undulating synth grooves, thick basslines and raspy speak-singing to relax you into weekend hang-out mode. "Poetry: How Does It Feel” is the third single from Akua Naru's debut LP The Journey Aflame.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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