Two NYU students are intertwining African spirituality and socially-relevant hip-hop, and their level of talent makes it seem almost effortless. Thandiwe and Niambi Sala are OSHUN, the hip-hop/soul duo that was formed in spiritual concert with the Yoruba deity of the same name. While both members are pursuing degrees in music, journalism, Africana studies and filmmaking, they find time for dancing, singing, rapping, and recording songs that have grown a loyal following.
The motivation behind OSHUN’s music has always been enlightenment, and the story behind their connection is beautifully simple.
“…we clicked from the jump because we knew that we had a love for our people and for serving our people and enlightening our people. It was just a matter of what is going to be the machine that we’re going to do these things through. Once the spirit moved us to start creating together, then it just became clear.”
That clarity has manifested into their latest mixtape Asase Yaa which you can stream below.