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Video: The Soil 'Baninzi"

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God and music are hardly strange bedfellows: some musicians identify themselves as divine vessels, songwriters incorporate religious imagery into their lyrics on a regular basis — and gangsta rappers have been rocking crucifixes for as long as the genre’s been around. A little more unusual, however, is when a group counts "The Creator of All" as a member of the band. But that’s what The Soil believes.

The four-person (one "spiritual" person and three physical) acapella group with members hailing from Soweto makes an original brand of traditional township style music blended with elements of jazz, afropop and afrosoul. The group calls their musical variety Kasi soul – honestly, you can call it whatever you want, but this music feels good. Give it a listen above!

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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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