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3-Year-Old South African DJ Star Arch Jnr Crowned The Winner Of SA’s Got Talent

Watch 3-year-old South African DJ sensation Arch Jnr emerge victorious as the winner of SA's Got Talent.


After blowing television audiences and DJ Fresh away last month as the youngest contestant to appear on SA’s Got Talent, toddler South African DJ sensation Arch Jnr emerged victorious on last night’s finale of the e.tv reality show.

The victory makes three-year-old Oratilwe Hlongwane the youngest contestant to win the global Got Talent TV series, Pulse Radio reports.

In addition to bragging rights for life, Arch Jnr will receive an R500,000 ($35,000 USD) grand prize.

e.tv spoke with Arch Jr’s father shortly after the win. “You know, for a three-year-old, I’m blown away,” Glen Hlongwane says about his son. “Nevermind him winning the competition. The fact that he stood on stage, he did a set and finished it, and still clicked stop. I don’t know of any other three-year-old that will stand there without their parents.”

Watch DJ Arch Jr’s SA’s Got Talent win below.

Keep up with DJ Arch Jnr on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.

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The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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