Audio: Maskarado's Angolan House Rhymes

Listen to 'Tabacanawa,' a new Afro-house track from Angolan artist Maskarado

Angolan emcee Maskarado laces his kuduro-tinged rhymes over a percussive house beat on his latest offering, 'Tabacanawa.' According to Akwaaba, the house music scene in Luanda is hugely popular but artists generally work disparately and in competition with each other. Maskarado is looking to change that by bringing the different elements of that world together, and if the result is more bangers like 'Tabacanawa," we support his movement with full force. Last we heard from him, his massive dance floor track "Elegom Bounsa" was being remixed by Suriname DJ Los Carlos, so check that out if you missed it the first time around. Listen to "Tabacanawa" below and start your day off on the good foot.

[H/T Akwaaba]


Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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