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African Music at Austin's SXSW


South by Southwest is nearly upon us. We know how tough it can be to navigate through the plethora of shows raining down on Austin this coming week, so we've narrowed down a list of acts you might be interested in catching. Below, see our choice diaspora performers plus a few audio cuts to entice if you're not familiar.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 14

- Michael Kiwanuka at Radio Day Stage Austin Convention Center

Home Again by MichaelKiwanuka

THURSDAY MARCH 15

- Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Just A Band, Baloji, Sauti Sol, Spoek Mathambo and Chief Boima as part of Society HAE/Spintel showcase at Copa

"The Good Leaf" (Spoek Mathambo Remix) by Seun Kuti

- Buraka Som Sistema as part of Tormenta Tropical vs. Mixpak vs. Body High showcase at Beso Cantina [catch LargeUp favorite/Vybz Kartel producer Dre Skull earlier at the same showcase]

(We Stay) Up All Night feat. Blaya & Roses Gabor by burakasomsistema

FRIDAY MARCH 16

- 2Face Idibia, M.I. Abaga, Naeto C, Bez, Jim E-O, N-Dez as part of Society HAE/Spintel showcase at Beso Cantina

- Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang as part of GlobalFEST showcase at Speakeasy

Eh Mane Ah by Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang

Zuzuka Poderosa at Speakeasy Kabaret

Zuzuka Poderosa-Carioca Bass Mixtape by Kush Arora by Zuzuka Poderosa

-Michael Kiwanuka at St. David's Historic Sanctuary

- Native Sun at tenOak

- Jonti, Just A Band, Quantic & Alice Russell as part of Wax Poetics showcase at Barbarella Patio.

Nagoya by Jonti & Hodgy Beats

SATURDAY MARCH 17

- Nneka and Hindi Zahra at The Stage on Sixth

My Home by Nneka

- Michael Kiwanuka at Stubb's

What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!

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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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