An Intimate Look At Young Fathers' South Africa Tour [Photos]

Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers' two-city South Africa tour with LAW, Okmalumkoolkat, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba and more in photos

Photos by Sims Phakisi

Young Fathers were in South Africa last month on a two-city tour hosted by SA beats platform Weheartbeat and Cape Town’s Assembly Radio in partnership with the British Council Connect ZA and Okayafrica. The Scottish / Liberian / Nigerian trio, whose debut album DEAD won them the 2014 Mercury Prize and whose follow-up White Men Are Black Men Too is due out in April on Big Dada, were joined by fellow Edinburgh-based R&B/art-rap musician LAW (Laurn Holt) along the way from Joburg to Cape Town. In addition to putting on a pair of truly out-of-this-world shows at King Kong in JHB (which you can stream in full below) and The Assembly in CT, the group also brought their pop charm to a series of events in Soweto and Red Bull Studios in Cape Town, where they were joined by Digital Maskandi mastermind Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, electro-futuristic producer Card On Spokes and Canadian/South African singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim. As the group gets ready to head out on a full North American tour next month, Weheartbeat co-founder Sims Phakisi has shared with us his intimate photos from Young Fathers' travels in South Africa.

For more from Young Fathers, listen to "Shame" and "Rain Or Shine"– the first two singles off their forthcoming sophomore LP, 'White Men Are Black Men Too' (due out April 7 on Big Dada).


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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