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City of Cape Town Announces Plan for Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is a big issue in Cape Town.

Affordable housing in Cape Town is an ongoing issue, and one that is a hot topic of discussion. The city’s legacy of apartheid still haunts it.

Middle class people can’t afford to live in the CBD, as it’s the third most expensive city in terms of property. Organizations, such as Reclaim The City, have been fighting for affordable housing in the city for a long time.

This week, the City of Cape Town municipality announced it had earmarked land it will make available for the private sector to build affordable housing within a 5km radius from the CBD. The land is in areas such as Woodstock, Salt River and the inner city.

“Building inclusive communities through reversing the spatial legacy of apartheid is a key priority of this government. South African cities should break with the past where our urban form is defined by poorer families living on the fringes‚” Brett Herron‚ the City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, was quoted as saying by IOL.

You can view pictures of the areas where affordable housing will be built, here.

Featured image by Ashraf Hendricks via GroundUp.

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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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