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A Massive Tornado Hit South Africa and Here's What People Are Saying About It

Vaal Marina in Gauteng was hit by a tornado Monday morning, leaving 50 people injured.

A massive tornado ripped through the Vaal Marina in Gauteng, South Africa on Monday evening, injuring at least 50 people and leaving more than 250 homed destroyed, reports News 24.

The destructive tornado has left many families without shelter, according to Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi, around 300 families have reported damage to their homes.

"The municipality is assisting displaced residents with temporary shelter, and will begin assessing the extent of the damage and the estimated cost of rebuilding," said the mayor in response to the need for assistance in the area.

The news of a tornado hitting South Africa might come as a shock to some, as tornadoes aren't widely known to occur in the country. However, tornados have occurred regularly in the Gauteng area in the past.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

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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