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Bounce, bounce, bounce like it’s “808” with the duo Bebi Monsuta. Sisters Manami and Akira bring together their multi-cultural background, their hometown of New York City, and their creativity to create the Bebi Mansuta sound.
The word Bebi means baby in Japanese while Monsuta means monster. Bebi Monsuta captures the duality of the group’s music, stage presence, and even the sibling dynamic. Manami and Akira hope that their music can explore all aspects of their personalities and allow fans to embrace the aspects of themselves that are cute and tough. Bebi Monsuta is intended to be for the outcast, the villains, and those who don’t want to be defined by a box.
The musical style of Bebi Monsuta is inspired by Akira and Manami’s unique cultural background and marries their heritage through music. Fans can hear soul music, Brazilian funk, and techno beats throughout their discography. The sisters’ authenticity is woven into their musical expression. They hope that their ability to be unapologetically themselves will become a catalyst for fans to do the same. In their own words:
“We want people to feel motivated and worthy, we want those who listen to this project to feel that the truth is and will always be better than a lie. Stand in it, own it and be brave.”
Bebi Monsuta is on their way to making a name for themselves while promoting self love, acceptance, and exploration.Their music video for alternative R&B song “808” brings together 80s aerobics videos and lingerie, and it will make listeners excited to bounce, bounce, bounce, like it’s 808 or like it’s 1988.
Bebi Monsuta’s second single from their EP RäkStär which showcases the group’s Monsuta side while keeping the same bouncy vibe as their single 808. RäkStär and 808, give fans a taste of the Bebi Monsuta duality and introduces them to the sound of their upcoming EP.
“Solo” no more.
Nickelodeon alum Madisyn Shipman released her first single, “Flying Solo,” on July 1, and now, she’s collaborating with NYU Tisch School of the Arts grad Josh Tepper for a duet track. The single, slated to be released this fall, pairs the two rising stars (and former family friends) together to kickstart their music careers.
Below, Tepper exclusively revealed the behind-the-scenes details of working with the former Game Shakers star, and what fans can expect next.
The Knockturnal: After studying at the iconic LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, then graduating from NYU Tisch, what inspired you to return to your singing roots?
Josh Tepper: This is something that I always wanted to do, but couldn’t figure out the right project. When Madisyn asked me to go on this journey with her it felt right.
The Knockturnal: How did you connect with Madisyn for this collaboration?
Josh Tepper: Madisyn’s family and my family were friendly and we both always had similar career aspirations. I was always impressed that Madisyn went after her dream at such an early age. A few years ago, I visited Madisyn on the set of Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers and was able to see the magic she brought to that show. The process with Madisyn has been amazing and I hope we can collaborate again in the future.
The Knockturnal: How would you describe your voice and singing style? Which artists do you listen to, and whom do you admire most in the music realm?
Josh Tepper: I mainly sang opera in high school, as that was part of the curriculum. Personally, I enjoy singing pop music and music that has soul. I’m a huge Madonna fan and admire how she had stayed ahead of the trends and doesn’t care what people think. I also love listening to Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, and The Kid Laroi.
The Knockturnal: You also were spotted about town with former RHONY star-turned-real estate agent Kelly Bensimon. How long did you work for the model, and can you speak about what having her as a mentor meant to you?
Josh Tepper: I worked for Kelly as her content manager as well as forming brand partnerships for her. Kelly taught me first and foremost that there is no such thing as a day off and to always be a go-getter because you never know when the next opportunity is around the corner. I have had the opportunity to work at Goop.com as well as with brands Cynthia Rowley and Ilan Bracha, which all taught me that having drive and hard work are the keys to success.
The Knockturnal: We can’t wait to hear the track! What else can you tease?
Josh Tepper: I know this sounds crazy, but when I listened to the rough version of the song, my English bulldog lifted his head up and had a big smile on his face.
Aww! In the meantime, check out Madisyn’s first solo single below.
As clouds hovered ominously over festival grounds, the goers of Liberty Jeffrey Park were anything but mellowed down. Day 2 of MADE IN AMERICA boasted an equally (if not more) impressive line-up of artists from Doja Cat, Roddy Ricch, Bobby Shmurda, Freddie Gibbs, and Moneybagg Yo, to the headliner Justin Bieber. For many of these artists, this has been the first major appearance in years, and the performances spoke loudly of how psyched they were to be back.
The rain shower did anything but falter Bobby Shmurda’s parade. With a grand reappearance since incarceration, Bobby kept the crowd moshing to the brims, at one point even hopping offstage into the photo pit. At the end of the set, he paid tribute to the anniversary of a friend’s death, to which he brought his friend’s daughter on stage.
Roddy Ricch, along with many other rappers, have clearly taken massive strides in their stage setup and choreography, these days bringing in elaborate set pieces and either a band, backup dancers, or often even both. Roddy Ricch used a centerpiece to kick off a stellar performance which saw him taking his audience through a medley of his top hits, including chart-topper “The Box”.
Doja Cat’s long-awaited performance was nothing short of electric. From every stage plant, back-up dancer, and flash of light, the performance was an impeccable demonstration of choreography that left the crowd wondering “is she even real?”. Doja bounced across albums, performing Juicy, Get Into It (Yuh), Kiss Me More, and Tia Tamera.
Justin Bieber put on an incredible show for his first headliner performance, bringing one after another surprise guest, from Chance the Rapper to Quavo. At the end of the night, the entire festival crowd gathered for one last hurrah, and the energy was unparalleled. Performed by Bieber for the first time in years, “Baby” set the crowd aflame like no other, as fireworks exploded above Rocky Stage in a glorious conclusion to the festival weekend.
As the 10th annual MADE IN AMERICA comes to a close, music lovers walk away rejoiced in the return of live performances and the afterglow of a euphoric release that could only be the product of a weekend of celebration.
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MADE IN AMERICA celebrated its 10th annual festival with a grand return.
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