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AFRICA UNSIGNED: The Best Unsigned Musicians From The Continent


In case you need to expand your search for amazing new African artists beyond okayafrica (which we won't be encouraging often), then you need to check out Africa Unsigned!  The site allows anyone to check out and support the best unsigned artists from the African continent. Selected artists have the opportunity to upload their music and profile onto AfricaUnsigned.com, where you can then check out and support artists that you love. Once an artist hits the funding goal of $10,000, Africa Unsigned uses the budget towards the professional recording of a minimum of three tracks. Africa Unsigned is made up of producers, artists, managers and promoters that believe in the future of African music, and are located worldwide. After checking out their website, I, for one, am hoping that there will be a beautiful budding relationship between okayafrica and Africa Unsigned.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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