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Quick PSA: Are you coming to Common Ground? An exhibition, we're hosting in partnership with New Comma, featuring 23 talented artists from across Africa and diaspora. Come through and support them on 22nd June! Common Ground is an event celebrating African art, music, and insightful conversations. Early bird tickets are gone and limited general release tickets are now on sale. Grab your ticket before they sell out ⚡

Now, on to the real peel...

⏳ Trivia Time

What is the name of the iconic 12th-century mosque in Marrakesh, known for its impressive minaret that is a landmark of the city?

A) Hassan II Mosque
B) Koutoubia Mosque
C) Ben Youssef Mosque

Scroll to the very bottom for the answer.

🧭 A Marmalade Guide To...

Image Courtesy of TRAD

TRAD: Nigeria's Emerging Music Sensation

Victory Nyebuchi Ken-Adele, better known by his stage name TRAD, is a 23-year-old artist from Port Harcourt in Rivers State, Nigeria. Coming from a large family within the Ikwerre community, TRAD’s journey into music began at a young age.

“My very first memory of music was learning the drums from my brother. I was 11 and had to take over from him as the church drummer when he was leaving. From that, I leaned into more instruments, and by the time I was 16 in 2016, I started producing. I recorded my first song and released it in 2017. That’s really how it began.”

As we enjoy the lead single of his first body of work “Do You Wrong”, we caught up with TRAD in an exclusive interview to discuss his journey, influences, and aspirations.

What We're...

📰 Reading: Semafor's newsletter that features a story about Liberty & Justice, an African-owned swimwear brand co-founded by a former Miss Africa Georgie Badiel Liberty and her husband, eyes further US growth.

📺 Watching: How to Ruin Love: The Proposal on Netflix. "A delightful blend of humour and heartfelt moments, showcasing the complexities of relationships with sincerity and charm. Sivenathi Mabuya and Bohang Moeko’s undeniable chemistry brings authenticity to their roles, making the characters’ journey relatable and engaging."

🎧 Listening to: Born In the Wild on Spotify. A debut studio album by Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems. The album announcement fell on the heels of Coachella 2024, where Tems performed the then-unreleased pre-release single “Love Me JeJe".

🎟️ Booking: COMMON GROUND tickets. This is a Pan-African exhibition that celebrates African culture with amazing art, music, and insightful conversations. This exhibition is curated by Marmalade Collective in partnership with New Comma.

👀 Eyeing: Recap video from DLT Malta (Day 2). It captures an unforgettable night of amapiano featuring Uncle Waffles and Focalistic.

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Trivia Answer: B) Koutoubia Mosque
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