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Audio: Peter King's 'African Dialects' [1979 LP Reissue]

Peter King's 1979 Nigerian afrobeat music album reissued, grab your copy.


It’s been awhile since we last heard from Minneapolis-based label Secret Stashwho previously gave us '77 Ghanaian highlife and '78 Benin City reggae reissues. Thankfully, the wait is over, as they're now taking pre-orders for their release of Peter King’s 1979 album African Dialects. Nigerian-born King spent a good portion of his recording career like other African musical exports, criss-crossing back and forth between his home country and the thriving London music scene where he recorded his final album in African Dialects.

Originally released with alternate artwork by Grandstar Records (a last minute switch in labels meant that King’s original art submission went unused), last year Secret Stash unearthed the OG artwork and masters in order to reissue the record in its intended form. The record features some expectedly-funky horn work on King’s part with heavy afrobeat rhythms driving the show.

Like some of its past projects, Secret Stash is sweetening the package a little for the first 350 customers who will receive the record in a screen printed gatefold jacket with plenty of liner notes and photos of King and the band. Pre-orders are up now and the record (or CD) will begin shipping February 13th, head over to grab a copy. Stream "African Dialects" below.

"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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