15 rapid questions with Bella Shmurda
By Guardian Life
27 July 2021 | 2:52 pm
Singer Bella Shmurda sat down with The Guardian Life for rapid-fire questions. Enjoy!
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Shady Rabab and his band play instruments he makes from trash. The Egyptian also offers workshops on instrument-making and recycling at schools.
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