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Tiwa Savage talks about Brandy being her biggest influence, playing a record for Pharrell and more on The Zane Lowe Show

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Nigerian artist Tiwa Savage joins The Zane Lowe Show for the broadcast premiere of her new single, “Tales By Moonlight (feat. Amaarae),” from upcoming EP Water & Gari. Tiwa talks about how the track came about, and how this EP is a new exploration for her. She shares about her collaborations with Nas, Pharrell, and Brandy, and how she felt inspired to go back into the studio after the release of Celia.

Key quotes below. Feel free to use with credit to Zane Lowe and Apple Music 1.

Tiwa Savage Tells Apple Music about the song being named after a Nigerian program 
So when I heard the instrumental, exactly how you said, just the way the beat felt just soft and light, but it still felt like this old school vibe. You just want to two-step to it. So I wanted a record that felt good. The lyrics, even my delivery on it, my tone, I was very soft on it. But it’s a love song. Tales By Moonlight, it was a popular program when I was growing up in Nigeria and it was this lady or this man that used to tell stories. So it’s me saying I just want that fairy tale type of love. I don’t want to lose hope in just finding real love. I still believe in that. No matter how many times I’ve been heartbroken, I still am a sucker for love. I still believe there’s still that fairytale Cinderella ending.

Tiwa Savage Tells Apple Music about collaborating with Nas
There’s a song on there, very first song called Work Fada. It’s featuring Rich King and Nas. I’ve never created music like this. You just have to listen to it. You have to hear it. It’s not one of those things that you just listen to, you experience it.

Tiwa Savage Tells Apple Music about playing the record for Pharrell
Everybody that was involved from Rodney Jerkins to Brandy, to Ty Dolla Sign, to Nas, it’s just, it’s incredible. When I played the record for Pharrell, he was blown away. He was just quiet for a few seconds, like, “Wow.”

Tiwa Savage Tells Apple Music about Brandy being her biggest influence
Brandy is literally the reason why I started singing, literally. As a kid, just listening to I Want To Be Down, every interview I’ve ever had, she’s my favorite, my all time, my mentor, everything. And I’ve been trying to work with her for years. It was a dream of mine. And when it happened this time, it’s not even just music, we connected like sisters. She’s someone that I speak to literally every other day. It’s beyond my expectation.

Tiwa Savage Tells Apple Music about continuing to create music through the pandemic
Some people are like, “Are you sure you want to release another project? We’re not sure about touring yet.” And for me, it’s not really about that. It’s about putting music out and just making sure that people’s souls are still fed. That’s the only way I contribute to what’s going on around the world.

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Gyakie and other African artists to feature in Soul Cypher Sessions at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”

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Celebrating 50 years of the iconic “Soul Train” legacy from the world-famous Apollo, the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” is coming to Africa Monday, November 29 at 02:00 WAT/ 03:00 CAT exclusively on BET Africa, DSTV Channel 129

 

The 2021 ‘Soul Train Awards’ celebrating over 50 years of iconic soul music, is set to air on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) on Monday, November 29 at 02:00 WAT / 03:00 CAT, with a repeat same day at 19:00 WAT / 20:00 CAT. In celebration of all that is Soul this year, an exciting lineup of artists are to feature in the Soul Cypher which will be aired at the awards. In addition to the star-studded lineup of performers, such as Summer Walker and Fred Hammond, BET also announced that the 2021 Soul Train Awards will have Jasmine Sullivan, Normani and casts of Sistas and The Game as presenters.

The cypher will explore predominant themes in Soul music, broken down into four pillars of Black Love, Black Power, Black Joy and Black Pride, with some of the biggest names in Black culture and entertainment who have embodied the poignant genre with great vocal embellishments and intense feelings.

Performing in groups of four and five, the artistes will give soulful renditions of freestyles and original songs that nod to and showcase the impact of soul from the 70s to date.

The Black Love theme will feature thrilling performances by Nigerian sweetheart, Ayra Starr; South African R&B Singer-Songwriter, Fila lah lah; Cameroonian Afro-pop/afrobeat artiste, Magasco; and Ghanaian musical artiste, Moliy.

Nigerian singer-songwriter, Mayorkun; Nigerian Queen of Afro-fusion, Goodgirl LA; Rwandan uber-talented artsite, Yvan Buravan; and Angolan heartthrob Rui Orlando will perform under the Black Pride theme.

Exploring the Black Joy theme will be Nigerian superstar, Buju; Ghanian afrobeat singer, Gyakie; South African musicologist, Manana; Cape Verde’s Soraia Ramos and Tanzanian bongo musician, Lava Lava.

Angola’s Gerlison Insrael; Nigerian lover boy, Johnny Drille; South African singer cum songwriter, Langa Mavuso and The Republic of Benin’s Ankaa will perform songs that nod to Black Power.

Commenting on the lineup of artistes, Monde Twala, SVP, General Manager ViacomCBS Networks Africa & Peer Lead at BET International said, “I am excited to witness the pure ingenious lines and performances that these artistes will drop on stage. Each of them has, in their own space, crafted beautiful music that has kept our souls moving to the rhythm. This is culture at its best. We are proud to bring the Soul Train to all our international audiences and lovers of soul music.”

The “Soul Train Awards” annual Soul Cypher is a tradition started by former show host Erykah Badu that features a group of artists freestyling. The cypher will bring together some of today’s top vocalists for what promises to be an electrifying performance. International participants in the cypher this year include D-Nice, Musiq Soulchild, Jac Ross, Koryn Hawthorne, Elle Varner, and Tone Stith. As a nod to the 20th Anniversary of her self-titled album Aaliyah, the late R&B great’s hit single “Rock the Boat” provides both theme and instrumental for the cypher.

BET announced that the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” will showcase an even bigger lineup of performances, special moments, and appearances, by some of the biggest stars in R&B, Gospel, Urban Adult Contemporary and Soul. On the heels of her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 Chart for her second studio LP, Still Over It, R&B singer-songwriter Summer Walker joins the exciting line-up of performers at this year’s Awards. Fred Hammond, and BET Amplified artists Elhae and Marzz will take the stage, along with Soul of Justice honorees Ciara and Russell Wilson and Marley Dias. Rap legends Fat Joe and Ja Rule as well as R&B icon El Debarge will make special appearances. Additionally, BET announced the second group of presenters who will take the stage: Jazmine Sullivan, Normani, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson from The Game, a Paramount+ Original series, Devale Ellis and Crystal Hayslett from the cast of Tyler Perry’s Sistas on BET.

Previously announced performers include the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” Legend Award honoree Maxwell, Lady of Soul honoree Ashanti, R&B super duo Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak of Silk Sonic, R&B/Soul songstress Ari Lennox, soul singer-songwriter and producer Leon Bridges, R&B singer Lucky Daye, and more.

Previously announced presenters include Mack Wilds, and Parker McKenna Posey, from BET series Games People Play and Paula Patton from BET+ Original series, Sacrifice.

H.E.R. leads the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2)’, ‘Best Collaboration (x2)’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award’, ‘Best Collaboration’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award’, ‘Best Dance Performance’, ‘Best Collaboration (x2)’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Wizkid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the Legend award at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”. Award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author, Ashanti, will be the recipient of the Lady of Soul honour.

Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards,” bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show.

The Soul Train Awards from the Apollo will air on Monday, 29 November on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) at 02:00 WAT / 03:00 CAT with a repeat at 19:00 WAT / 20:00 CAT same day.

For more information on the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”, visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa.

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M.anifest To Feature On Apple Music’s ‘Africa Now Radio’ This Sunday

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A week after the release of Madina To The Universe, M.anifest is set to join South African television presenter and radio personality LootLove on Apple Music’s ‘Africa Now Radio’ this Sunday, November 28, 2021.

On the show, M.anifest will talk about one of the hottest songs on the album, Game Over, featuring Adekunle Gold. He will also discuss other songs on Madina To The Universe; collaborations with his creative comrades; the changing dynamic between African artists and the West; and the rise of the Ghanaian drill scene.

Tune in and listen to M.anifest’s conversation with Lootlove this Sunday at 2pm (Ghana time) at apple.co/AfricaNow.

You can also listen to Madina To The Universe via this link.

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Messi, Lewandowski, Jorginho: who will take home the 2021 Ballon d’Or?

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It’s that time of the year where football fans hold their breath to find out which one of their favourite players will win the most prestigious individual prize in football, the Ballon d’Or. The award ceremony finally makes its return this year after the 2020 Covid-19-related cancellation.
An absolute favourite for football fans around the world, the 65th ceremony will be broadcast on 29 November and Showmax Pro subscribers are set to catch all the action live. With all of the favourites for the award being regulars on local TV screens, fans will be eagerly waiting to see who will claim the most prestigious individual award in football.
Fans can catch Jorginho’s Chelsea, who currently sit at the summit of the EPL, weekly live on Showmax Pro, as well as Lionel Messi’s PSG and Robert Lewandowski’s Bayern Munich, who can also be seen in action during UCL games live on Showmax Pro.
After winning the trophy in 2019, Lionel Messi is the current holder of the award and now 2021 front runner alongside Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s midfielder, Jorginho. Messi’s 2019 win came after he played 48 games, scored 40 goals and led Argentina to their first Copa America title since 1993.
In 2021, Messi scored 41 goals, made 14 assists, and won Copa America and Copa del Rey. Lewandowski scored 63 goals, made 10 assists, and won Bundesliga, Club World Cup and DFL-Supercup, while Jorginho scored eight goals, made three assists, and won Euro 2020, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.
Here’s the full list of nominees: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Jorginho (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedri (Barcelona), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)
Showmax Pro subscribers can catch the ceremony live on 29 November at 20h30 (West Africa Time), 21h30 (Central Africa Time) and 22h30 (East Africa Time).
Why Showmax Pro?
Showmax Pro is a streaming service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport.
Subscribers can live stream the 2021 seasons of the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, UEFA Europa and UEFA Conference leagues, the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and more.
The platform also offers a wide range of other live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons.
To learn more and join the Pros, visit  www.showmax.com to subscribe to Showmax Pro.
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Showmax launches 2 for 1 Black Friday deal in Ghana

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Streaming service Showmax has announced a limited time offer for subscribers

From 25 November until 9 December 2021, Showmax, the streaming service that bundles the best of African and international entertainment with live sport from SuperSport, is offering new and existing subscribers a Black Friday 2-for-1 deal. Customers will pay for one month of Showmax and receive an additional month at no extra cost.

The offer is available across all packages including Showmax, Showmax Mobile, Showmax Pro and Showmax Pro Mobile, from 16.99 cedi per month.

The streaming platform recently released Ghana Jollof, the first Showmax Original comedy series shot in West Africa, produced by Basketmouth and starring Funnybone and Akah Nnani as two Nigerians who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures. Bringing the Ghanaian flavour are Joselyn Dumas, Mawuli Gavor, James Gardiner, Jacinta Ocansey, Portia Freelove and Kalybos.

Also popular on Showmax are the latest episodes of Akwaaba Magic drama series Dede starring Adomaa Adjeman, Adjetey Anang and Dean Amegashie, To Have and To Hold starring Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor and Zynnel Zuh and Inside Out starring Roselyn Ngissah, as well as My Flatmates, Gulder Ultimate Search and My Siblings and I.

Showmax Pro subscribers have access to everything on Showmax as well as live sport from SuperSport including Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, and DStv Premiership games. Key matches coming up include Round 5 of the UEFA Europa League on 25 November, as well as the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on 27 November.

Showmax will continue to bring the best of HBO and international series to Africa first. This includes HBO’s Gossip Girl reboot, taking place eight years after the conclusion of the original series. The full Gossip Girl boxset is also available to binge-watch from 1 December. HBO’s Scenes From A Marriage, underground cult comedy What We Do In The Shadows S3, Insecure S5 and the final episodes of Billions S5 are all coming to the platform in December 2021.

The Black Friday deal is available at https://www.showmax.com/

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Maxwell, Ashanti, Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Ari Lenox, Leon Bridges and Lucky Daye to perform at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”

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H.E.R., Tristan Mack Wilds and both cats of Games People Play and Sacrifice confirmed as presenters 

The 2021 “Soul Train Awards” set to air live on BET Africa (DSTV Channel 129, GOTV Channel 21) on Monday November 29th, at 01:00 WAT/ 2:00 CAT, will feature an exciting line-up of unforgettable performances, special moments and appearances by some of the biggest stars in R&B, Gospel, Adult Urban Contemporary and Soul. This year, performers will include the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” ‘Legend Award’ honouree Maxwell, ‘Lady of Soul’ honouree Ashanti, R&B super duo Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, R&B/Soul songstress Ari Lennox, soul singer/songwriter and producer Leon Bridges, R&B singer Lucky Daye, and more. The Soul Train Award repeats on Monday, 29 November at 20:00 CAT/ 19:00 WAT.

Monde Twala, SVP, General Manager ViacomCBS Networks Africa & Peer Lead at BET International said, “BET is dedicated to showcasing the best of black entertainment culture and soul music. We are proud to see growth and diversity in the celebration of soul music with African artists being recognized amongst the nominees. The line-up and performances are going to be sizzling hot, a must watch for all lovers of good soul music.”

The “Soul Train Awards” annual Soul Cypher is a tradition started by former show host Erykah Badu that features a group of artists freestyling. The cypher will bring together some of today’s top vocalists for what promises to be an electrifying performance. Participants in the cypher this year include D-Nice, Musiq Soulchild, Jac Ross, Koryn Hawthorne, Elle Varner, and Tone Stith. As a nod to the 20th Anniversary of her self-titled album Aaliyah, the late R&B great’s hit single “Rock the Boat” provides both theme and instrumental for the cypher.

“Soul music is a movement, and we are incredibly proud to give it a platform and produce a performance line-up that will exemplify the best of the genre and reach generations of music lovers across the globe,” said Connie Orlando, EVP, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. “We could not be more thrilled for these exceptional artists to hit the stage at the historic world-famous Apollo, in celebration of fifty years of Soul Train. This will definitely be an iconic night to remember.”

Additionally, BET announced the first group of presenters who will take the stage: H.E.R, Tristan Mack Wilds, and the BET casts of Games People Play and Sacrifice, a BET + Original series.

As previously announced, H.E.R. leads the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2),’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Collaboration,’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist,’ ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award,’ ‘Best Dance Performance,’ ‘Best Collaboration (x2),’ and ‘Video of the Year’. Wizkid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the ‘Legend’ award at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.” Award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author Ashanti will be the recipient of the ‘Lady of Soul’ honour.

Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards,” bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show.

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for the 2021 “Soul Train Awards.”

For more information on the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa.

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Msaki Talks About Writing ‘Blood, Guns And Revolutions’ And The Marikana Massacre

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Msaki, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and LootLove’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio With LootLove This Sunday, November 21st at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm

Cover Star Interview
South African singer-songwriter and multi-talented creative Msaki joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about her latest collaboration with Sun-El Musician & Diplo, “Tomorrow Silver.” She also discusses her two new albums, Platinumb Heart Beating and Platinumb Heart Open, and how working on two albums simultaneously helped her tackle themes of love and of protest, how her sound has evolved, and how she found her place in the world of electronic music.

The Big 5
LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Davido & Focalistic; Kizz Daniel; Djodje; KiddBlack, Blak Sherif & DJ FortuneDJ; and Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa feat. Ami Faku.

Africa Rising 
South African R&B singer-songwriter Filah Lah Lah—Apple Music’s latest Up Next: South Africa cover star—is the latest artist featured from the Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features her two singles, “Real Love” and “This Is.”  Listen HERE.

Loot Loves
Each week, LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she features Ghanaian singer-songwriter Gyakie and her single, “NEED ME,” from Apple Music’s Ghana Bounce playlist. Listen HERE—and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple Music’s LootLoves playlist, HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, November 21st at 2p London / 3p Lagos/Paris / 4p Johannesburg / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow or on Cool FM in Nigeria every Sunday at 6pm.

MSAKI EXPLAINS THE FIVE-YEAR WAIT SINCE HER LAST ALBUM

Today I know why you take five years in between the albums! I’m exhausted, I’m spent, I’m completely shattered, I’m tired in the best way. I’ve poured out everything that I can actually give away right now, so I’m okay with the fact that some of the things I have to say do for a little bit longer, and the fact that I tried a lot of my work in front of people, and then I made it morph, and then I start again, and then I recalibrate emotionally what I want to say. Five years is actually just enough time to do that, in a way that makes sense to me and the things that I’ve been processing.

MSAKI ON WHY TWO ALBUMS MADE SENSE FOR HER RIGHT NOW

All the house songs are a big part of my life now because I started off just as the invitee, as a collaborator, as a visitor… but I’ve really fallen in love with this journey of being in this electro-dance space because I feel like I can still show up with the songs in my journal. I can still show up with my cryptic poems in that space too. I don’t feel like I’m shrinking myself, I don’t feel like I’m not heard. On the contrary, my poems get heard by a lot more people, and some of them come over to my indie-folk, afro-folk side, and stay. It’s also a way for me to say, I can be both those people, which is why having these two albums really makes sense for me right now.

MSAKI ON WRITING ‘BLOOD, GUNS AND REVOLUTIONS’ ABOUT THE MARIKANA MASSACRE

I started writing the first song on this project because of the platinum belt. I’m actually not so far from Rustenburg right now, Marikana is a couple kilometers away from where I am right now. That’s the first song I wrote as the rest response to what was going on in South Africa at the time, in absolute shock. As a person who grew up in a supposed rainbow nation and a hopeful tomorrow, that was a heartbreak moment for me, so every song since then has been an attempt to understand the political and historical and this neo-colonial capitalist world we’re living in. I was feeling it on a personal level, but also just trying to work through the songs, as questions like, how are we still here?

MSAKI ON HOW SHE CAME TO MAKE A HOUSE ALBUM

A lot of the collaborators, especially the producers from the house world, they were just return favours – I had been able to be on their projects, and when they heard that I was making an album, a lot of them assumed I was making house and sent me stuff.
At the beginning, I wasn’t making a house album at all. It just started happening where I found myself trying to split myself. “When am I going to release this?” I had this combination of these songs that we’re building, but I had been working on this like dramatic orchestral folk work, that was serious, that was protest [music], so it morphed into so many things over the years that I’ve been working on it but in the last year, I was like, why not say something as an electronic musician myself?

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