WIN TIX: Mirel Wagner At Joe's Pub NYC [9/16]

***UPDATE*** Mirel Wagner has cancelled the rest of her tour. She will not be playing in NYC***

When we first caught singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner's absorbing video for "No Death" we knew she was one to watch. The Ethiopian-born singer, who was raised in Finland, will hit the stage in NYC Sunday September, 16 at Joe's Pub. Enter to win 2 tickets to what is sure to be a moving evening with Mirel and her guitar by following @Okayafrica on Twitter and tweeting at us #MirelWagner. We'll select a winner on Thursday 9/13!

Watch the video for "No Death" above, check out Mirel's self-titled debut LP here, and see full tour dates here.


Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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