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Exclusive Interview: Rising Artist Kadia Zhané

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music?

I have always been surrounded by music from a young age. Besides singing around the house when I was younger, I was also in a concert choir. From there, my mother had moved me to Atlanta and had put me in this singing, acting, and dancing agency named A.G.I. They would train us starting off by having us do jumping jacks and then running around this huge room 6 times. From there we would have to belt out a song to build up our stamina. I’ve been training since young. 

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why?

That’s really a tough one. I feel like my music can be described with multiple words. If I had to choose one word though, I would have to say universal. My music has been played around the world. It’s very diverse and I can sing and rap in different genres as well in my native tongues of English and Spanish.

What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work?

Keep going. No matter how hard it gets, KEEP GOING. It might feel like hell but why would you want to stop there?! I would also say to stay focused on you and your goals. People will try to come and alter your plans and try to convince you that their way is right but ultimately you decide what’s best for you!

What quote or mantra do you live by?

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says “I’m possible!”” – Audrey Hepburn

What is your hobby outside of music?

I love Cooking, Spending time with my family and traveling. I plan to resume traveling out of the country now that Covid has been lifted. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I plan to have my own businesses that I am currently working on. I also plan to get into acting as well as create my own charity organization.

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you?

I have new music coming as well as my ep. I also have merch on the way. I am currently working on recording music videos for the singles currently available on all streaming platforms. 

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

All my music stems from previous experiences in my life. The Weekend was actually written outside of the studio. I remember I was home and I had decided to write about my previous situation with a guy. I remember writing, “he wanna have for the weekend”. And the rest was history!

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

Honestly, the biggest thing I wished someone had told me earlier would be to be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t look like it but the artists out now have been doing it for years on end. 

I would always think to myself that maybe this music life wasn’t for me. Why isn’t this going as planned? But I realized the things I want most I have to work hard for.  

Another would be that you have to stay consistent. You have to put out work often and frequently. My thing with this is I am a perfectionist and always want to make sure it’s the best quality of things before I share it with the world! The third would have to be quality over quantity. 

This I would say goes with the other reason but it’s true. You can’t just put out anything. You have to have good sound, mixed and mastered and the levels on point. Investment is key! No one will take you seriously if you don’t take your craft seriously and invest. The fourth would be to make sure you have a good team behind you. 

I had to deal with people who I thought were really just using my name to get into rooms off of the hard work I have done in the past. They weren’t adding value to my life. They were more of a liability versus being an asset. The fifth and final advice would be make sure you enjoy what you do. Don’t let anyone take the joy out of your talent! 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I would mainly say pick up other hobbies besides your talent so that way you can feel more alive. I would also advise taking little vacations in between just so you can enjoy and be grateful for the life you are living! 

 How can our readers follow you online?

You can follow me on All social media platforms @Kadiazhane My music is available on all streaming platforms as well. Kadia Zhané

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KOOLIE Releases Latest Single “Giver Giver” Showcasing Influences from New Orleans and Cultural Sensibility


In a captivating fusion of artistic prowess and profound inspiration, Koolie, the esteemed maestro of creativity, unveils his latest opus, entitled “Giver Giver,” a musical masterpiece intricately infused with the vibrant spirit of New Orleans. Drawing upon his recent sojourn to the bustling metropolis, Koolie deftly intertwines his encounters and connections into the very fabric of the composition, embodying the quintessence of the city’s renowned music scene. Engaging in profound dialogues with notable figures such as Maurice “MoBetta” Brown, Dennis Chambers, Lynn Whitfield, and Grace Gibson, Koolie unearthed a deep well of inspiration that reverberates throughout his latest magnum opus. Amidst his time spent in New Orleans, Koolie’s journey led him to the esteemed Jazz Fest 2023, where he met highly acclaimed musician Jon Batiste. This transformative experience served as a wellspring of artistic ingenuity, leaving an indelible imprint on the lyrical tapestry of the single.

Expanding upon his prior successes, Koolie’s latest composition has undergone a stunning metamorphosis, ignited by enlightening conversations with individuals of Indian heritage while in New Orleans. Originally bearing the title “Indian Giver,” the artist recognized the profound impact and cultural significance that words carry, prompting a conscientious decision, in collaboration with Venice Music Collective, to reissue the record under the name “Giver Giver.” This remarkable alteration, complemented by a thoughtfully redesigned cover, embodies Koolie’s unwavering dedication to cultural sensitivity and his fervent desire to create music that resonates harmoniously with a diverse audience. As Koolie’s imprint DMP flourished, his association with Venice has propelled his artistic career to unparalleled heights. The artist’s music, now readily available on esteemed platforms such as YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, and Pandora, has experienced an exponential surge in exposure and accessibility, captivating an ever-expanding audience.


Furthermore, Koolie’s future is ablaze with an array of thrilling prospects. One such prospect involves a potential joint effort with acclaimed producer Rodney Jerkins in a groundbreaking endeavor titled “The Culture Tape Vol. 1,” which falls under the umbrella of Venice and The Culture Cards. This audacious collaboration not only showcases Koolie’s steadfast dedication to pushing the limits of artistic expression but also serves as a testament to his unwavering passion for venturing into unexplored realms within his craft.


Nevertheless, Koolie’s artistic endeavors surpass the confines of his remarkable achievements. Joining forces with his cousin Marcus Machado, they are preparing to reveal “Panaricans,” a collaborative opus that reveres their lively Costa Rican and Panamanian heritage. Their melodic undertakings, an extraordinary amalgamation of diverse cultural influences, possess the capability to enthrall global audiences. With an unwavering dedication to venturing into unexplored musical territories and embracing inclusivity, Koolie persists in charting novel paths within his artistic domain. Keep an ear out for more exhilarating projects and releases from this exceptional luminary of the arts.

Stream “Giver Giver” on Spotify.

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Follow these tricks to check your friend’s Instagram stories without being seen

Instagram is a widely used app across the globe, and its dominance has grown exponentially over the years. This photo-sharing app provides multiple features like the Instagram story, where you can share pictures and disappear after 24 hours.

People can only see these stories if they follow each other or if the account is not private. The person who has uploaded it can see the people that have seen its story.

For several reasons, some prefer their name to be off the seen list. While some simply like to be nosey and see what others are up to but discreetly. It’s impossible to go unnoticed if you have viewed their stories unless you follow some tricks.

So, how to one check an Instagram story without being seen? Read below to find out the answer.

Three Ways To Check Instagram Stories Anonymously

Watching someone’s Instagram stories discreetly may not be highly advisable, but then humans are curious beings. Moreover, this kind of anonymity is more prevalent among ex-lovers or friends. Also, some like to stay anonymous.

That said, there are three common ways to check someone’s Instagram stories without being seen. Check the list below:

  1. Instagram Story Viewer

One of the most common ways is by using IgAnony. It’s a tool or website that allows you to check someone’s story without logging in to your account.

This application is quite popular, resulting in the availability of numerous Instagram Story Viewers online. These tools are mostly free and easy to use. All you need is to download the app or visit the preferred website. After that, find the person’s profile that you want to see in the search box.

You don’t have to log in. Simply type the correct user’s name and watch their Instagram stories. Some tools also allow you to download the stories.

  1. Use Incognito Browser

Another way to check someone’s Instagram story stealthily is by switching to an incognito browser. This private browsing mode allows you to watch stories of your ex-lovers or friends without being seen.

Go to your web browser, click the three dots at the top right, and choose the incognito option. Here, you need to follow the account, or the user account must be in public to be able to watch the stories. Read more about viewing people Instagram stories without being identified.

  1. Turn Your Mobile Device To Airplane Mode

If you’re browsing through your phone, enable airplane mode. It allows you to watch Instagram stories anonymously. Note that the account you plan to spy on is public, or you follow each other.

Do you know Instagram preloads the stories automatically? So, even without internet or Wi-Fi, you can check them without being seen. Before you are in airplane mode, go to the person’s profile. Only after that enable it and then go back to the account to check their story.

Note that if the user has uploaded many stories, chances are likely that it will not be preloaded. So, this means you may not be able to view some of it through airplane mode.

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