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Weekend Burners: The Best Tracks & Music Videos Of The Week

Stream the best African music songs and videos to come across our desks this week.


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In Weekend Burners we highlight our choices of the best African music tracks, videos, and mixes that came across our desks throughout the week. Stream & download them below, straight from the Okayafrica bunker, and click on the track titles for more info:

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Kae Sun ‘Blackstar Rising’

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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #50: ELIJAH WOOD

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Zamrock Goes Disco: WITCH’s ‘Movin’ On’ & ‘Kuomboka’ LPs

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>>>Stream: WITCH "To Be Felt"

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The Busy Twist ‘Labadi Warrior’

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Kwabs’ Orchestral Live Version Of ‘Last Stand’

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Chimurenga Renaissance ‘The B.A.D Is So Good’

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Introducing Cape Town Beatmaker Cutting Gems

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Sarkodie x Silvastone ‘Preach’

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Kashaka "Gateway Dubs"

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Joey Le Soldat ‘L’Hivernage’

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ProVerb x M.anifest ‘Proverbs Manifest’

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Donae'O ft Ice Prince & Sarkodie 'Big Ben' (Remix)

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Davido 'Aye'

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Branko RBMA x Boiler Room Lisbon DJ Set

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Africaine 808 'Lagos, New York'

Interview
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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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