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Gabonese Producer Engone Endong's Soccer Video For 'HYPIN'

Montreal by way of Gabon producer Engone Endong shares the Côte d'Ivoire-shot video for "HYPIN," a track from 'Colored Dust (lite)' LP.


Montreal by way of Gabon producer/beatmaker/remixer/selector Engone Endong shares the music video for "HYPIN," a track from his 2011 instrumental album Colored Dust (lite), which he released under the Atsie Sun Orchestra moniker. The visuals, which were filmed by Gabon-based visual artist/photographer Magssi in Côte d'Ivoire, show children playfully practicing their soccer skills under hovering trees to the tune of Edong's jubilant guitar samples and frenetic drums. The clip pans across waterside picnickers and walkers before a halt around the 2-minute mark, the celebratory sounds rendered gravely industrial with the emergence of dying whirs and failing engines. After fading to black, the video returns with the soccer players gracefully kicking the ball in silence, away from the world.

Endong's Colored Dust (lite) enabled him to play alongside DJ Rich Medina and perform at such French-Canadian festivals as Piknic Electronik and Pop Montreal. The producer also scored Yanick Letourneau's The United States of Africa documentary. In addition to being a monthly performer at the Montreal venue Club Balattou, Endong is currently working on a forthcoming EP that, as he tells us via e-mail, will be a "modern instrumental journey through African rites and tradition." In the meantime, watch the music video for "HYPIN" below and check out Endong's latest single "water," a reprise of Ghanaian highlife legend K. Frimpong's "Ensuo Ayari Me."

"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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