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Africa's Next Top Model Is Aamito

The winner of the first Africa's Next Top Model is Uganda's Aaamito. Learn all about Stacie 'Queen' Aamito's next steps!

 


On Sunday, Uganda's Stacie 'Queen' Aamito was named winner of the first ever Africa's Next Top Model, organized by Oluchi Onweagba Orlandi, after reaching the top three in the continental modeling competition. Aamito won a 1-year contract with New York-based DNA Model Management, a product endorsement deal with P&G, a 1-year contact as an ambassador for South African Tourism and $50,000, among other prices. Aamito expressed her gratitude after 10 weeks of competition stating: "I would like to thank everybody for their support and for believing in me. It is a dream come true for me and it is truly awesome." It's been a big step to bring this popular show to Africa, hopefully it will open a path of exposure for African models on the international scene. We wish her much success as she becomes the first ambassador for Africa's Next Top Model and wish to see the show next year scouting in more countries throughout Africa

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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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