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Audio: The Underbelly Of South African Electro-Dubstep


"There are two sides to every coin" - an analogy that accurately describes the South African music scene at the moment. On one side there are the commercial genres of kwaito, house, and on the catchup, hip hop. On the other side, there's the more forceful and dynamic underbelly of electro-dubstep, which has acquired a cultish appeal. The city of Cape Town has become the dungeon of SA music, breeding a plethora of experimental alternative musical acts expressing their genius through A.D.H.D and afflicted sounds to the intrigue of global markets underground or commercial alike.

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The Cape Town-based duo, the Exorsistahs take on the role of the badass female: "Exorsistahs, coming for ya mistahs…” The sound is quintessentially grunge with a ghoulish and esoteric twist, detached and desolate with the occasional catchy hook as a saving grace for memorability’s sake. Their debut song and video "You Lie You Die" (video above) has greatly appealed to the new-age degenerate “don’t give a fuck” youth world-wide and been showcased on many an alt culture blog (ha).

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Also native to Cape Town is Sun-Do Q'lisi, this four piece band embodies the quirkiness and unpredictability of the electro-dubstep genre from their stage name to their stage presence. Their music has the least regard for concentration and the highest for experimentation and liberation as showcased in their teaser video (above). Their greatly mastered new audio release, "Azamah-oh-oh" (stream below) strikes the perfect balance of dance electro with head-banging dubstep bass drops complemented by convoluted colorful lyricism. It is yet to be seen how long the viral popularity of underground electro-dubstep music in South Africa will last, or more specifically, if experimental bands will assume a more permanent stance in the field. However, the most important fact to note is the existence of more than the average eye can see, and an abundance of creativity more than the most knowledgeable mind can conceive. The ideal of South African music is being shifted in a different direction most definitely.

"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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