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BLK JKS 'More Afrika' [Midnight Rockers Express Edit]

South African rock band the BLK JKS stream an unreleased dub track "More Afrika (MRE Edit)" courtesy of Midnight Rockers Express


Unreleased BLK JKS material! Just after midnight seems like the most auspicious time to be releasing this rarest of birds--an instrumental dub edit of a never before heard track by South African rock experimentalists BLK JKS--into the New York night. The session/composition is called "More Afrika (MRE Edit)" and comes our way by kind permission of Lee Harrison of the Midnight Rockers Express soundsystem (who was present at its creation). The track originated from a jam session by the JKS in which they were intending to supply parts for a project by tech-house producer Osborne, a follow-up to a noted EP of his called "Afrika," hence the working title here as "More Afrika"  (Osborne earlier that year had remixed the band's "Mystery," which became a top 12" pick at London's Phonica record shop and tipped by tastemaker DJ's such as Joe Goddard of Hot Chip). MRE was then asked by the JKS management to re-work a minute-plus section from the session into something sounding more like a finished record so, as Lee relates:

We pulled the jam apart and put it back together into this dubbed-out groove which stayed labeled in the files as "More Afrika."

And there you have it--straight from the MRE dub-cutter to god's ears (and now yours).  Stream the track below via Okayafrica's soundcloud page and imagine the desert dub goodness that could yet result if the JKS apply a similar approach to their recently tipped forays into Mali rock via collaboration with Vieux Farka Touré. 2013 be good to us.

"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.

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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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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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