Get To Know: Essosa

With her latest single ‘Waste My Time’ taking TikTok by storm, Essosa has officially become everyone’s “new favourite pop/R&B girlie”. Within just two weeks of the release, not only did the British-Canadian-Nigerian singer-songwriter and dancer surpass 1 million streams for the first time, she also gained co-signs from artists such as Kaytranada and FLO. But while virality has never been her focus, all the love that the 22 year old has been receiving on the 90s-inspired track comes as “a huge relief” as it confirms that music is truly her calling.

Baby Rose Talks New Album, Healing And A Musical Renaissance [Interview]

When it comes to her artistry, Baby Rose trusts that committing herself to honesty and innovation will birth timeless music, and that’s certainly what her new album Through and Through is. Having already distinguished herself through her signature smoky vocals and poetic vulnerability on her debut album To Myself (2019), the 28-year-old is continuing to carve out her own lane with her latest project. Recorded between LA, Atlanta and Nashville, the 11-track LP embodies that fact that Rose doesn't write music to fit into a box.

Managing Stress as a PoC Creator (in 2022)

Stress kills creativity. Research shows that when our stress feels uncontrollable, it negatively affects how we perform creatively. According to Mind UK, while stress isn’t normally considered to be a mental health problem, it can be both a cause and a product of poor mental health. So, given that PoCs are “at higher risk of developing a mental health problem in adulthood but are less likely to receive support for their mental health”, stress management needs to be a priority for PoCs navigating the creative industries.