Happy 2021 everyone! RadrAfrica is bouncing into the new year with a plethora of engaging content, interesting insights and dynamic personal stories surrounding creatives.
This year’s RadrEssentials is going to be a weekly gift box packed with what the RadrAfrica team is currently enjoying. We’re going to be raving about the music, shows and brilliant creatives we’re into this week. The team not only wants to share our interests, we also want to connect with readers about them (feel free to comment, don’t be shy!).
Emi Mi Gbe – Caesar is King (Song)
This fast-paced track with heavy drill influences is a heady combination of fast bars and thrilling rhymes. Merging street music, afrobeat and drill on this track makes it an enjoyable listen.
Fiyin creates intimate art with bold curves and pastel tones.
The Death Of Vivek Oji- Akwaeke Emezi (Book)
Akwaeke Emezi showed their mastery of the literary form with this book. The story about Vivek, queer and coming into their self, their sad death, and the devastation that follows is one that is both important and beautiful. A fantastic, riveting read.
A Nigerian based illustrator who depicts intimate and relaxed scenes with black or brown subjects. Connect with her on twitter @Preciouslyxo
Kissez- Sevyn Streeter & Davido (Song)
Davido shows off his R&B prowess on this beautiful little record. In little over two minutes, Davido and Sevyn Streeter paint a wonderful picture for listeners with their endearing lyrics and smooth vocals.
Renike showed off her brilliant skills this week during the #Portfolio challenge. She is a freelance artist who loves to paint black women and is very good at it. Follow her on Twitter @iamrenike
What Do You Mean? (WDYM?)- Vibez (Song)
The amazing vocals on this song gives it its addictive quality. The vocals, lyrics and beat all make any listener want to dance. The track is one where the artist praises his beautiful love interest to the delight of listeners.
Anthony who paints striking portraits that tug on viewers’ hearts. You can follow him @anthonyazekwoh on twitter.
Alone- Toyeisawesome ft Wolei (Song)
This is a passionate rap song with the lyrics heavy with emotion. The rap influences on the song are very traditional and Wolei’s feature on vocals is both beautiful and adds a layer of softness to the track overall.
Adeaze is a Nigerian based photographer who takes photos filled with vibrant colors and contrasts. Follow hr on twitter @adaezeokaro.
Children of Blood and Bone- Tomi Adeyemi (Book)
This is another great read the team is enjoying. Tomi Adeyemi paints a thrilling fantasy world full of danger and adventure that will fasten every reader to the book.
Niyi Okeowo, a multi disciplined artist who makes book covers, illustrations and original characters.