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Interview: Izzie’s Caravan Shares Insights on His musical Journey

After Izzie’s Caravan’s exceptional single was released, we caught up with an insightful interview with such a talented artist to explore his eidetic experience and what he had to say about his incredible musical journey so far. Read below to learn some interesting details about Izzie’s Caravan.

Discovering your own musical style is a unique part of every artist’s journey. What sets your music apart? What is unique, or at least uncommon?

Hi there. Thank you for having me here. Honestly, from the inception of this project, I knew our backs were always going to be against the wall with how we approach music and what we create in this current musical climate. I tend to be very traditionalist in the sense that rock n’ roll and the blues were grounded in reality and there was a certain sense of integrity about it where the entire song, the entire album, the entire process of it was the life-blood of the band…not some tik-tok clip that goes viral. Currently, we’re in a world where ‘entertainers’ are substituting music as an art form for the commercialized gimmick that needs to be sold and I’ve never bought into that mentality nor will I ever do so. I can’t subscribe to these pseudo-intellectual postmodern narratives that we’re held hostage by. To me I’d rather have a 100 people genuinely appreciate the music I make rather than having a million superficial ‘views’ or ‘likes’. I mean that sincerely. And the fact that record companies do their ‘head-hunting’ based on algorithms is in my estimation bloody lazy. Most of our songs hit the 5-minute mark with ease, including some of the ballads, that we’ve done, and I don’t really care whether thats not the acceptable standard. In ‘Blow The Lid’ we have an 18-minute song…yeah, that’s right…18-minutes, called ‘Curse of Anastasia’ and frankly speaking if that’s how long it takes to capture the spirit of the song then that’s what we’ll do.

“Return To Midway” is captivating from the start to finish with a combination of unique beats and catchy lyrics. What was the inspiration behind the single?

Yeah this track in particular means a lot to me personally. We’ve actually had this song in the catalogue since 2006 but decided to bring it back in revamped version and associate it very proudly with the #restorethesnyderverse movement. Being a childhood DC fan, growing up with these iconic characters, and seeing them come to life on the screen with Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a surreal experience. At a more political level, whats more important to me is the preservation of artistic integrity and the vision of the artist should stand above corporate hijacking.

What draws you to your preferred genre?

To me personally, the blues is a life-form. It’s organic story-telling which is built around human stories. It captures a certain moment in time grounded in reality and it’s so profound that it immerses and envelopes you. Usually when I’m writing, I start listening to records that stimulate me and this last week or so, as we’re neck deep in recording our upcoming album ‘Blow The Lid’, I was listening to Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher and listening to these records is such a magical experience. And what really pulls me in is their humility considering they were masters of their art form. So yeah, blues and rock n’ roll has always been an integral part of my life.

Which one of your songs has the most memorable story for you? Whether it’s the writing process, recording sessions or release of the song.

At this point of time, due to what I’ll call the proximity effect, it has to ‘Return To Midway’. In all honesty, this song was purely by chance. As I mentioned, this song is something Sim (vocals) and I had recorded way back in 2006 and I was in the studio recently and by chance started playing this song over a different back-beat with a different rhythm pattern. It just happened to be one of those serendipitous euphonic moments in the studio and when I heard the playback, I knew right way I was on to something. All in all, it literally took a day to record and now it’s out as a single.

How do you go about writing a song? Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it?

More often than not, I’ll have a melody and it all starts building from there. Sometimes the riffs pop out during practice or just jamming and if it sticks in my head over a considerable period of time, I realize that there must be some validity to it. I really like to write about issues and events grounded in real human stories and events so I draw upon events from the news or current affairs and then give my take on it.

What would your autobiography be called?

‘My Life: A Cosmic Joke’

For our final question, is there anything else you would like to add?

Yeah, we’d like to thank all those who have appreciated our music and allowed us to fulfill our dreams and passion of playing old-school rock and blues. We’re really, really excited about our upcoming album ‘Blow The Lid’ which is set for a release on June 15th, and listeners can preview some of the tracks from this album on Spotify which have been released early. Thank you so much and we’d like to welcome you to join our journey at www.izziescaravan.com. This entire endeavor wouldn’t be anything without the support we get from our listeners.

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Top 10 Best Rappers in Africa 2021

Who is the Best Rapper in Africa?

Ever wondered who is the best rapper in Africa 2021? Well, we got you covered. Hip Hop being the most competitive genre in the world, there is no doubt that Africa has its place in the Hip Hop community. We have come up with a list of the best rappers in Africa that have been making hits after hits in the past year.

 

Best Rappers in Africa 2019

 

10. M.anifest

He is a rapper, singer and songwriter from Ghana and is good at what he does in the Rap Industry. He has been active in the rap game since 2005 and he is currently signed to Singitdamnit Music. M.Anifest has 5 albums at the moment but he released his last album in 2016. In the same 2016, he released a diss track “god MC”  aimed at Sarkodie and the song won the HipHop Song of the year in the Ghana Music Award the following year.

M.anifest from Ghana is an African Rapper

 

9. Phyno

Phyno, a rapper from Nigeria is also a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He started off as a producer in 2003 and he is well-known for rapping in the Igbo language. Igbo rap basically incorporates traditional Igbo music and African-American music. Phyno has been nominated for a couple of awards in Nigeria and beyond and has won a lot of music awards. His real name is Chibuzor Nelson Azubuike.

Phyno from Nigeria is an African Rapper

8. Nadia Nakai

Nadia a.k.a Bragga is a South African rapper who was born in Zimbabwe. She gained inspiration from Kenyan rapper, Nazizi, and that led her to release her single in 2013 “Like Me” which brought her fame. She has released 1 album and is yet to release another.

Nadia Nakai from South African is an African Rapper

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7. Khaligraph Jones

His real name is  Brian Ouko Omollo and he is a Kenyan rapper. Khaligraph Jones was the first rapper from Kenya to win awards and is internationally recognized by the Hip Hop community. He has a flow that is as quick as Twista’s (American) or M.I (Nigerian) and with this, he has gained a huge following with a lot of loyal fans. He first came to light in 2009 when he participated in the  2009 Channel O MC Africa Challenge and reached the finals.

Khaligraph Jones is the best rapper in kenya

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6. AKA

AKA is a rapper and entrepreneur from South Africa. He also goes by the name Kiernan Jarryd Forbes. In 2014 AKA signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music. He has also opened for Ed Sheeran and 2 Chainz on their South African tours. AKA  has released quite a number of albums, as a matter of fact, his 2015 album ‘Levels’ went Certified Gold. Beside AKA being a decorated artist he is a father.

AKA on stage

5. M.I Abaga

Jude “M.I” Abaga is a rapper and record producer from Nigeria. M.I rose to fame in 2006 after his song “Crowd Mentality” became popular in his hometown of Jos. M.I Abaga’s passion for music started at an early stage in his life and as a result, the first instrument he fell in love with was a 7-key mini piano. He drew his inspirations from Lauryn Hill and DMX at an early stage in his life. He signed his brother Jesse Jagz to his record label ‘Chocolate City’.

M.I Abaga on stage

4. Sarkodie

Sarkodie is a Ghanaian rapper, recording artist and entrepreneur. He is often named as the greatest African rapper and in 2015 was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e.tv Ghana. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards. Sarkodie has 79 awards and received nominations in so many other categories. His real name is Michael Owusu Addo.

Sarkodie on stage performing

 

3. Falz

Third on our list is the ‘This is Nigeria’ rapper, whose popularity rose after making a Nigerian version of ‘This is America’ by Childish Gambino. His style is Afro Hip-Hop: “with a Falz twist to it. It’s a lot of humor and traditional indigenous Nigerian sounds fused with contemporary sounds.” His real name is Folarin Falana and is also an actor. Falz says that his biggest achievement in his life to this day is  AMVCA for Best Actor, with that said Falz is the most versatile rapper to feature on this list.

Falz from Nigeria is an African rapper

 

2. Cassper Nyovest

Refiloe Maele Phoolo, popularly known as Cassper Nyovest is rapper and record producer from South Africa. He rose to fame in 2013 with the song ‘Gusheshe’ and in 2014 with ‘Doc Shebeleza’ which both won awards. He has continued to make hits after hits since then including, ‘Ksazobalit’, ‘Baby girl’ and ‘Tito Mboweni’. Cassper Nyovest became the first South African Musicians to fill up a stadium with 72,000 fans during his concert. Let’s face it, many African Musicians haven’t accomplished a goal like that yet.

Cassper Nyovest from South Africa is an African Rapper

 

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1. Nasty C

He goes by the name Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo and is a South African rapper, record producer and songwriter. Nasty C has a very unique rap style that separates him from other rappers.

In 2015, he became the youngest rapper to win at South African Hip Hop Awards for Best Freshman Prize. He has also won many other awards including, Best International Act: Africa, Song of the Year, Best Hip Hop Album, Best Male Album, Best New Artist(BET Awards) from many other award ceremonies. it goes without saying that Nasty C is the best Rapper in Africa 2021.

Nasty C from South Africa is an African Rapper



Top 10 Best Rappers in Africa 2021

  1. Nasty C
  2. Cassper Nyovest
  3. Falz
  4. Sarkodie
  5. M.I Abaga
  6. AKA
  7. Khaligraph Jones
  8. Nadia Nakai
  9. Phyno
  10. M.anisest

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Upcoming Music Artist Hassan Composer Creates a Sultry Soundscape of Creative Flavours in His Single “The New Challenge”

Jagged with all that is going on in the world, many of us are seeking refuge in music and, in particular, instrumental music. Finding the right song to fit your mood may be a challenge, but it’s worth it. Introducing the perfect mix of diverse chords and boundless ingenuity to execute them in the most cohesive way, the artist, Hassan Composer is the newest entry to the Eastern and conventional experimental genre, whose blissful soundscapes are the greatest refuge. The performer, while mixing melodies, holds a very special direction which is something completely unheard of in the past.
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His recently released song “The New Challenge” explicitly shows his knowledge of diverse genres in his songs, where he uses trademark rhythms in various musical forms such as Eastern music and world music. Inspired by his own life experiences, the influential composer has created an honest soundscape that resonates with everyone.  “The New Challenge” is an outstanding meditative music score, together with the best music score that keeps you conscious and centered. The reason for this track is to exhale negativity and make the listeners know how wonderful life is.

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Top 10 Countries With Very Beautiful African Women

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In this list, we will show you the Countries With The Most Beautiful African Women.

Africa,  a very diverse continent whose women possess quite various characteristics. Human appeared in Africa thousands of years ago. Climatic conditions and hot bright sun have played a pragmatic role in influencing the appearance of an African woman. Elsewhere, different African nations are rich in traditions and old history, which have greatly influenced the character, position in society and behavior of a woman.

Dark skin is the main common feature of an African woman. Most of these women have big brown eyes set rather wide from each other and full lips. Their beautiful smile with sparkling teeth is yet another indispensable peculiarity of African women. So, without further ado, the following is a list of countries with the most beautiful women in Africa.

10. Tanzania

Tanzanian women are famed for their beauty and homemaking skills. The latter emanates from their ancient tradition where women pass these skills to the young teenage girls.

If you are looking for a beautiful woman to take back home and introduce to your parents, Tanzania is most likely the place. The “kanga” is common attire for women here. The kanga is usually bright, colorful and a wind blowing garment.  

beautiful women in tanzania

9. Eritrea

Eritrean women have an exotic look and features that could easily be mistaken for several different races. One of the fundamental reasons surrounding this could be that Eritreans together with Northern Ethiopians, which are collectively known as Habesha have a genetically unique phenotype.

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The Caucasoid genes of Eritrean and some Northern Ethiopian women are more closely related to Mediterranean Caucasian groups such as Arabs and Berbers than their counterparts in East Africa.

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8. Ghana

An African beauty list can never be complete without the gold coast. A Ghanaian woman is famed for her height and ebony skin. A well-rounded bottom is a conspicuous feature that cannot go unnoticed in this woman.

A Ghanaian woman is known for her respect. She is not known to brag, a good listener and not money minded. She will value a relationship more than a huge bank account.

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7. South Africa

South Africa is definitely home to numerous African beauty queens. From Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg to Cape Town, meet these gorgeous females in their day to day schedules.

A South African woman is stunning. It does not matter whether she is a Black South African or a White South African. Their amazing African facial features are amazing. You will definitely love their semi-curly, fluffy and sometimes natural afro hair. South Africa has really lived up to expectations in being a rainbow nation!

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6. Angola

Angolan women, daughters of the Atlantic coast. This nation is more like little Brazil comprising of exotic women of varied texture. Most of these females have chocolate complexion.

On average, women have noble features and facial proportions. A number of them are supermodels. An Angolan woman’s beauty is famed for its naturalness, no wonder the supermodels.

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5. Nigeria

A Nigerian woman is famed for her well-rounded curve. Fertility is said to be a natural feature for these beauties. The population of this nation has grown tremendously especially between the ’70s and 2011 pushing the nation at the top list as the most populous nation in Africa.

Women are said to be motherly and wife materials who cherish taking good care of their homes. She is known for her distinctive kitchen related matters.

beautiful nigerian woman

4. Kenya

Welcome to Kenya! Home of warm, beautiful, independent and hardworking women. This woman will value her social life aficionado. She will put her best foot forward toiling and is passionate about eking a living. She is a true definition of “beauty with brains”.

In addition to the Kenyan sensation, a Kenyan woman is curvaceous, tall, ebony skin tone and very jovial. A Kenyan woman is down to earth and easy to get along with.

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3. Egypt

Ancient Egypt placed is known for the creation of perfumes, oils and other beauty treatments. The high emphasis on their physical appearance has a lot to do with women’s beauty. Women here have a history of frowned up body hair with much more elaborate wigs.

A golden beautiful complexion is linked to a rich Egyptian woman. Female allure, also known as “divine aroma” is a crucial point in Egyptian writings.

egypt beautiful women

2. Somalia

Someone who has never spotted the beauty of Somali women may be surprised by their unique features at first sight. The women here are remarkably beautiful and have come of age with many becoming a household name in foreign lands. The culture here has for long directed the behavior and dress code of this woman.

However, over time, a Somali woman is appearing in fashion competitions, and in western movies playing different characters. Her beauty is evident right from chocolate skin, soft long hair and stunning facial features.

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1. Ethiopia

The fact that civilization started in Ethiopia makes it a no-brainer that the country is the home of the most beautiful African Women. Ethiopian queens are by far some of the most beautiful women in the world.

Some associate the beauty of these females to the mixing of Ethiopians with the Yemeni people. Whichever, they are superlative. Regardless, their characteristics are unique and incredibly attractive. They have unrivaled bodies and intriguing faces. Additionally, every woman here can perform incredible shoulder dances.

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Countries with the most Beautiful African Women

Question: Which country has the most beautiful women in Africa?
Answer: Ethiopia

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