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“Hometown: Melbourne via South Sudan Why they matter: Pookie’s 2020 debut single Tuesday remains one of the coolest slices of local hip-hop we’ve ever heard. A couple years down the track, Pookie – AKA South Sudan-born, Melbourne-based Achol Agaar – has only gone from strength to strength. She had a busy year in 2021 with the release of the single Beast Mode, her Dinka Girl EP and the 11-track album Flick, an incredible body of work that tackled both the political and the personal. So much talent, so much steeze and so much to say. What to watch: Her feature slot on triple j’s Rap It Up, which is the perfect introduction to Pookie’s sound and story.”