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Audio: DJ Spoko's Bacardi House Jam 'Azange'

Stream SA "bacardi house" / African dance music innovator DJ Spoko's "Azange" is a percussion-heavy kwaito jam.


We've been championing DJ Spoko ever since we heard his top-notch percussion craft on DJ Mujava‘s massive hit “Township Funk.” The South African producer, who honed his African dance music production skills under shangaan electro mastermind Nozinja, has been churning out his own “bacardi house” production style for years now. He's now released the Ghost Town EP on indie boutique label True Panther. Hear DJ Spoko's "Azange," the lead track off that EP below — it features Spoko's pals Magaula and Puzuzu on the mic. For more from DJ Spoko check out his previously featured music video for "Cucumba," remix of Sun Airway and Grave MixCheck out DJ Spoko's "Azange!"

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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