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Video: Boddhi Satva 'Ngari Konon' ft. Oumou Sangare

Watch Boddhi Satva's Bamako-shot music video for his new single featuring Oumou Sangare.


Boddhi Satva is back with a dope new video for the track "Ngnari Konon" featuring Grammy Award-winning Malian Wassoulou singer  Oumou Sangar. In the video, Boddhi intimately takes you through the city and rural areas of Bamako showcasing the cultural bonds of the people, music, dance and festive nature. It plays like a beautifully directed film, shot during a time that Europeans said was unsafe in Bamako— the irony! For more from Boddhi Satva check out this standout track off his debut album Invocation and his Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape.

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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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