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Video: Art Melody 'FUTUR' ft. High Priest

Watch a found-footage clip for African hip-hop artist Art Melody's dark "FUTUR" featuring Antipop Consortium's High Priest.


The beat to Burkinabé rapper Art Melody's "FUTUR" plays like a night-drive through a dystopian highway with its repeating static phrases, hypnotizing progression and generally ominous texture. The track, produced by previous collaborator Red Rum and Minimalkonstruction, kicks off with a verse from early 00's hip-hop/electronica group Antipop Consortium's High Priest and is followed by a typically hoarse-throated verse from Art Melody. The track will feature in AM's upcoming Wogdog Blues, out in March from Akwaaba. Watch the found-footage video for "FUTUR" below, edited by Jeremie Lenoir.

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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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