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Everybody wants to be a STARBOY: YL Zinga



ZInga pose

YL ZInga

Introduce yourself

My name is Yousouf Lutonadio Zinga also known as YL Zinga. I am Angolese. I have three little sisters and a little brother.

I live in Gent, Belgium. I am 27 years old an I started recording songs ever since I was 14 years.

How did you grow up?

I came to the Netherlands at the age of 2. I lived with my dad back then. My mother joined us here when I  turned 7 years. I lived in Oostzaan, Zaandam, Groningen and Breda.



Zinga performing


Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

In five years’ time, I will have a big name in the music industry and will I be acting in movies.  Denzel Washington is actually one of my biggest examples when it comes to acting.


The first song I ever did was a song with former rapper from LSD, Mitta. I still remember not being happy with that song lol!


ZInga pose

Zinga pose

What is important for you when making music?

When I make music, I do not like to be worried about too many things. I just make sure the music I am making is in tune with what I am feeling at that moment. After the song is made I will check if it is still in tune with my feelings.

‘I love to spend time with my friends and my Girl in my spare time.”


Do you perform?

In the past year, I  have performed in Rotterdam. At the Jollove events of DJ Austin and during the Wakanda afterparty organized by the ladies of AfroDutchPowerhouse.

Would you like to go international?

My main focus is the Netherlands and Belgium at the moment. But I would definitely expand my brand to international levels ofcourse.


Can we expect new songs from you?

New music will be out soon! I will be bringing out songs online without a music video. ROAD MAN is OUT NOW!



What do you do to stay fit?

I do not really exercise. I had let myself go for a while lol. But I am back in the Gym!

Do you have crazy fans?

Hahahaha actually, not at all… The DM’s are empty


YL ZInga

YL ZInga

If you had crazy fans, what would you do?

I think I would have to find out when it ever happens. It happened sometimes in the short period that I was playing professional football. I stayed calm when it happened. I lost the love for football that is why I decided to stop playing. I did not want the game to ruin my life.


ZInga at the radiostation

ZInga at the radiostation

What is the craziest thing you ever experienced?

We got stoned with stones by our own fans after we lost a football competition. It was brutal. Also one of the only times I should’ve been scared for my life but I actually wasn’t. 

What would you advise other artists that are up and coming?

Keep doing your own thing and be honest with yourself. Patience is very important and patience is a virtue. Your talent can take you far very fast. Even when it does not go fast, keep going HARD.

Don’t forget that you can do a lot with very little. Surround yourself with the right people.


We love people that hurt us, and hurt people that love us


The favorite track at the moment!

Wizkid – Soco, this song gives me goosebumps whenever I hear it!




DaChoyce Rapper the one to watch! Fun New Single Out! Spanish



Who is DaChoyce?

Dachoyce: Hi, my name it’s Joyce Santos and I am originally from Brazil but raised in Spain 😊 I live between Barcelona and Amsterdam

Joyce and her momma

What inspired you to start music?

To be honest being in music was an unexpected decision. It was not planned at all. I have started “freestyling” while drunk with friends “haha” they invited me to a studio to give it a try just for fun. It apparently went well so I kept going and found my passion.

How did u come up with the name DaChoyce?

Actually, my friends started calling me DaChoyce in high school as a word-game/wordplay and I think it was meant to be because I’ve been chosen for this 🥺 I have been using this nickname ever since!

More and more people are starting to understand and accept that black is beautiful and powerful and they love it.

DaChoyce for new music video

What are most of your songs about?

‘Livre’ is my latest song, and it is about freeing yourself from any situation, person or even yourself that brings you down. About overcoming it after fighting this negatives. That is what ‘Livre’ is about 🤍

Is there colorism in the Spanish or latino community in your opinion?

I think in Spanish and Latino community colorism is getting more neutral as time passes by. More and more people are starting to understand and accept that black is beautiful and powerful and they love it. The even wanna copy it. That’s what I’ve experienced and seen so far, but we’re getting there!

Baby Joyce and her mother <3

Have u ever experienced racism in life or in the music business?

Not in the music business but I have in life, and not directly me personally but to my family members and melanated friends while being with me so that hurts the same or even more! I cannot bear to see how they get treated sometimes.

What do u think of platforms who do not support a darker skin artist because they already have one ?

I think they should go f*** themselves, and us melanin people should keep focusing on creating our own platforms and spaces where we are Kings and Queens. This gives us a chance to be loved and appreciated in our own way and by our own people!

We saw some amazing pictures, are u model?

Yes! Modeling is part of my job as well. I used to do it as a teenager and now with the music thing it came back. I picked it back up! “haha” I mostly do photoshoots with @tomclark.visuals but I also do jobs for agencies!

Joyce by Tom Clark

What is the main message u want to put out as a person and an artist?

Never give up, don’t be a victim. You should rest if you need to but don’t quit. When things are hard, trust me, they will get better!
Try to be positive, trust yourself and the process, be a bad ass 🤪🤪 that’s what I’ve learned and wanna inspire so far 🤞🏽


Where do u see yourself 5 years from now?

Travelling the whole world with my music and working on different other projects that I am planning and working on! Helping people and creating a positive impact! Eventhough this sounds typical, just watch me 🤍

What advise would u give an up and coming artist?

Trust yourself and the process. Do not trust anyone out there. Just trust God, and you’ll be good!


I’m releasing a new single I hope y’all love it 🤍 No voy a volver


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Defano Holwijn – Ownen




Official Music Video ‘Defano Holwijn – Ownen (prod. Krankjoram & Sejaa)’ Stream or Download ‘Ownen’:


— Video credits: Shot by @2phoness — Producer credits: Producer: Krankjoram, Sejaa Associated Performer, Vocals: Defano Holwijn Composer: Défano Holwijn Author(s): Défano Holwijn — FOLLOW ME! | SOCIAL MEDIA SNAPCHAT: kidkidguapo.…

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Wale – Flawed (feat. Gunna)



Wale - Flawed (feat. Gunna)

“Flawed” feat. Gunna out now: Directed by Joseph Desrosiers & Melissa Forde

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AFIA is a singer-songwriter living in the Netherlands with roots From Ghana. AFIA means Friday, the day ..she was born.

She prides herself carrying this name as her artist name, as she carries her heritage with pride. She is an advocate of promoting your true and pure self, unapologetically. And this includes, using your native name.

Her music has always been her outlet, where she expressed her thoughts about healing and resistance against racism & sexism.

She wrote her song Determined in april 2020, shortly after lockdown started. Little did she know that within the next 3 months, the world would be going through a revolution, with the Black lives Matter movement taking over the world. All while giving us a flashback in time, back to the civil rights movement in the USA in the times of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. But this time it became a worldwide movement!

The message in her song, couldn’t be any more relevant for today as it is now!

Her goal with this song is to empower people to be Determined in succeeding in their wildest dreams and to not wait for a seat at the table but to create their own table!

Put yourself first and create your own destiny and be DETERMINED!

DETERMINED,  a published piece straight from the heart. For everyone who is systemically facing resistance: may it be your anthem, may you dwell in it, may you wrap these words around you like a cloth of protection. I am proud of you, you are amazing, happiness is for you and you deserve all the love that is coming to you! You will get there. Stay determined, loves. ♥️” – AFIA

Follow AFIA on Instagram: @afiaxhealing


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