Check out the latest issue of FAB magazine which is out now and pays homage to music, focusing on the sounds coming out of the UK, Nigeria and the US. The annual Sound Issue comprises FAB’s usual double cover; the female one featuring hot new Nigerian MC Eva Alordiah and the male version featuring the prince of grime, Skepta. Check out the blurb:
Inspired by the adage ‘Sound mind in a sound body’ and the Olympic fever that took a hold of London and the world at large for the past three weeks, our annual music issue is aptly titled The Sound Issue.
The covers bring Lagos and London sound together with Trybes Records’ First Lady and Nigeria’s hottest new female MC Eva Alordiah and UK’s soundest urban act Skepta gracing the female and male covers respectively. Inside we bring you exclusive shoots and interviews with these young Nigerian stars of music.
But beyond Eva and Skepta, there are many more sound reads in between our two covers. We sit down to chat with some stellar names of African music from South Africa’s DJ Black Coffee to Nigeria’s Emmanuel Cobhams Asuquo to UK’s fresh talent Angel and America’s golden sound Santigold. In the musical vein, we also have a look at the rising talents of British music.
Music is not all though as the 200+ page Sound Issue also brings us sound stories. We document model Samira Hashi’s journey to her homeland Somalia recently documented on BBC3, speak exclusively to CNN 2009 Global Hero Betty Makoni and recount Olympic tales of gold and glory with Nigerian former Olympian Sanusi Turay.
I’m pleased to confirm that my interview with Santigold also features in this issue, so grab a copy if you can, and let me know your thoughts.
I was granted the pleasure of interviewing one of the most creative, incomparable singers on the planet right now: Santigold. Her Royal Coolness is on the promotional trail to promote her latest offering: a second studio album entitled ‘Master of My Make Believe’. The 36-year-old Brooklynite whetted our appetites earlier this year with warm up singles ‘Big Mouth’and the ’80s New Wave inspired, ‘Disparate Youths’. I love speaking to artists who are unaffected, intelligent and chatty, and Miss Santi White was all of those things. I’ve been a fan ever since she entered the mainstream consciousness a few years ago, as her approach to music is fearless and she doesn’t limit herself to the imposed boundaries that many black female performers find themselves chained to .
This afternoon we unveiled the cover of our June/July summer issue and the response was phenomenal. The cover was conceptualised by Dionne Smith founder of BDM, shot by photographer Agata Preyes and features Britain’s Next Top Model finalist Ufuoma Itoje, dressed in a daisy yellow trouser suit perfectly placed in front of some matching yellow flowers. We instantly fell in love with the image once we saw it, so we’re delighted by the positive response so far. It’s quite a light-hearted issue this month, with the main focus on gearing up for summer (when it decides to arrive). Journalist Ese Odetah delves into a subject that I’ve always been curious about and that’s black women who use tanning beds (yes, we use them too apparently). Elsewhere we interview Alexandra Burke about her hair and beauty regime, and like her or loathe her, you know Ms Burke’s glam is always on point. We also welcome the return of the badass Santigold, and chat it up with the outspoken Tami Roman from Basketball Wives who ‘keeps it one hundred’ in her inimitable style. And of course in addition to these features we have hair inspiration. Lot’s of it. So do yourself (and us) a favour and pick up a copy on May 8th from WH Smith and all good newsagents. And you can follow our movements on Twitter @Blackhairmags