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The Models and Judges of Africa's Next Top Model

Get to know the 12 models selected and the three judges of the first Africa Next Top Model hosted by Oluchi Onweagba.

We previously told you about the launch of Africa's Next Top Model by Oluchi. This eagerly anticipated event will officially kickoff in a week. Before then, we'd like to introduce you the three judges and the participating models. The first judge is supermodel Oluchi Onweagba who is also the host of the production. Next up is South African fashion editor/writer/photographer and model Josie Borain, who has been proving her worth and talent in the industry over 15 years. Last up is New York City-based Remi Adetiba who'll bring a different eye as a producer, creative director and photographer. With all their knowledge and experience in the fashion industry, the three judges will clearly cover all the different angles. Bets are made and we can unveil the photographs of the 12 models selected from all over Africa. They seem to represent the continental landscape in an organic way and we can tell you that it won't be easy to choose the first Africa Next Top Model ever. If you want to discuss about it, tweet #pretapoundo.

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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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