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Davido x Mafikizolo 'Tchelete (Goodlife)'

South Africa meets Nigeria in Mafikizolo and Davido's vibrant collaboration "Tchelete (Goodlife)." Watch the music video for the new hit.


If you follow South African house then you know that Mafikizolo pretty much owned the scene in 2013. Their hits "Khona" and "Happiness" were massive last year, and are both nominated at the MTV Africa Music Awards, but the duo has no intention of staying idle. Mafikizolo just dropped the video for "Tchelete (Goodlife)," their recent collaboration with Nigerian pop wunderkind Davido. The clips' vibrant visual treatment gives us a glimpse of the good life indeed: sharp outfits, gold jewelry, luxury cars and invitations to “chop” the bills flying everywhere. However, the real value lies in the energy of the song which sees South and West come together beautifully on a track that is sure to have the whole continent dancing. Look out for cameos by Uhuru and Oskido!

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Watch Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece’s BET Cypher

Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece's BET cypher is proof that SA hip-hop is in the right hands.

Three of South Africa's most potent young lyricists, Shane Eagle, Nasty C and A-Reece got to showcase their bars in this year's BET Hip Hop Awards. Their cypher, in which they rapped over Lil Wayne's "Banned From TV" instrumental, is proof that SA hip-hop is in the right hands.

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Listen to A-Reece’s Surprise EP ‘And I’m Only 21’

A-Reece just dropped an EP on the same date he dropped his albums Paradise and FMTYAY.

Those who have TVs say A-Reece stole the show on the B.E.T Hip-Hop Awards' South African cypher, in which he sparred fellow lyricists Shane Eagle and Nasty C.

As if it was all part of a plan, while the hype for his verse is at its peak, the MC releases a surprise five-track EP. Its title, I'm Only 21, is a reminder that one of the country's most potent lyricists is only 21 years of age.

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Tay Iwar Is Nigeria's Hidden Gem

In a rare interview, the reclusive Nigerian singer and producer talks in-depth about writing and producing his new EP 1997, his forthcoming album Gemini and Nigeria's 'Alté' movement.

Tay Iwar wants some space. The word is the title of one of three songs on his new EP and also one that comes up during our interview, conducted via voice notes and texts on Whatsapp from his base in Abuja—a long way from Lagos which remains Nigeria's music hub.

The choice of the nation's quieter capital over the bustle of its music metropolis is a deliberate one for Iwar and one which fevers his reputation as a recluse and cult figure in Nigerian music circles. This especially happens among the subculture referred to as "alté"—an abbreviation of the word alternative which is used to denote the independent movement that is free from the flash and perceived vacuity of afropop. Precise definitions of the word vary but common denominators include introspection and melancholia, as well as trap and R&B.;

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