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Thabo & The Real Deal's Bare-Boned Soul 'World War Free'

Thabo & The Real Deal channel Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Dolly Parton in their soulful "World War Free.:


Thabo & The Real Deal are a bare-boned soul quartet fronted by Zimbabwean singer Thabo Mkwananzi who cheekily describe themselves as "X-Factor contestants when the judges were Bob Marley, Fela Kuti and Dolly Parton." The group's compositions tackle socio-political issues with gripping minimal arrangements handled by a Fender rhodes piano, percussion and acoustic guitar. Watch their video for "World War Free" below, grab the track and hear from at their bandcamp.

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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