How did you guys meet?
We’re actually from Maryland, outside of DC, we actually grew up 20 minutes away from each other. We didn’t meet until we were about to move from Maryland to New York for NYU.
Based on the aesthetic of the video I thought you guys were African.
We’re definitely channeling our African heritage, we both identify as African women. Even though we’re both from Maryland, we know that we come from a long line of African culture, specifically West African culture. A lot of the video is based on Yoruba culture, which is in modern day Nigeria. We definitely look to the roots of our ancestors, that’s a guiding force of our artistry. Even our name, Oshun, is a Yoruba deity, an African goddess. We want to remind our people of where we come from.
What is Oshun a goddess of?
She is the great mother, she represents water. She’s personified by the river, she’s nurturing, protecting energy, abundance, sweetness.
Do you feel like that’s coming across in the music?
Definitely, Oshun and what she represents is our ultimate intention.
How would you describe your sound?
If we used general terms, then hip hop, r&b. How we describe our music is a term we coined, ‘Iya Sol’—Iya means mother priestess healer, Sol as in soul music and Sol like the sun
In the old days music had a ritualistic or spiritual quality—do you feel like you’re tapping into that?
Absolutely. Music is energy. Very literally sound is a wave. So what we try to do is to empower people to know that we can create our own energy, we can create our own universe, we can manifest what we want through what we say and what we hear. We’re working with very spiritual concepts and putting them over beats that people can dance to. We’re using slang and language that people of our generation can identify with, while still implementing deep, important ideas. That’s something we’ve really worked to master, is how do we carry this healing energy, this ancient truth in a way that’s digestible for the public, and the youth?
Have you been to West Africa?
We haven’t been to West Africa proper, we’ve both been to Nairobi. We’re definitely going to manifest it.