Egyptian American emcee, Mostafa, seeks to reconnect with his roots in his latest single “Butter الزبدة” featuring production by longtime friend and collaborator, The Don Avelar.
Along with the single comes a new music video filmed internationally in a variety of locations from Mostafa’s recent personal travels including Cairo, Alexandria, Rome, Amsterdam, and America. Specifically, having recently moved back to Cairo after 30 years, he uses the single to announce his arrival and leans into the sense of belonging and peace that he’s felt since returning.
The song uses a mix of English and Arabic in the lyrics to help contextualize and texturize the song with a heightened sense of cultural significance. In English, we get to see Mostafa’s spitfire lyrics on full display as he shoots words like lightening, while the Arabic lyrics feel more like a meditative chant that also doubles as a chorus hook between verses. It’s well-grounded and manages to maintain a sense of cool overtop electronic drums and synth.
Whatever you’re listening to musically over the summer, this is undoubtedly a bop that deserves to be highlighted on party playlists. The sense of arrival and swagger that emanates from it is intoxicating. Don’t miss out on some of the smoothest and hottest rhymes of the summer.
“Butter الزبدة” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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