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16-Year-Old Producer Dotorado Pro's Underground Lisbon Anthem 'African Scream'

Download the bonus track from teenage producer Dotorado Pro's underground Lisbon anthem "African Scream" single on Enchufada.


Last year the virtually unknown Portuguese teenager Dotorado Pro dropped "African Scream," an infectious banger of marimba melodies, sped-up vocal samples and trotting drums as a free track on his soundcloud. Since then, the 16-year-old producer's afro-house tune has slowly become a huge underground hit in the Lisbon scene, where it's now regularly heard blasting from kids' cellphones and at countless DJ sets.

To further mark the arrival of the new Lisbon anthem, Buraka Som Sistema's label Enchufada is releasing Dotorado Pro's African Scream as a two-track single that will include the original and a slowed-down kizomba edit, plus the bonus "African Scream 2," which adds frenetic percussion and ducking synthesizers to the booming tune. Download "African Scream 2" for free for the next 24 hours below and stream Dotorado Pro's underground banger underneath. African Scream will be out through Enchufada on April 20.

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ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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