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AKA, Burna Boy, JR, & Da LES Throw a House Party In 'All Eyes On Me'

South African rapper AKA releases an official video to his summer jam, "All Eyes on Me," featuring Burna Boy, Da Les, and Jr.


While summer has waved deuces this year for us here in the US, it's only heating up in South Africa, where rapper AKA recently dropped the visuals for his hit "All Eyes on Me." The poolside ready single comes from his sophomore album, LEVELS, and enlists help from the Nigerian Don Gorgon, Burna Boy, motswako wordsmiths Da Les and JR. With South African producer Tweezy on the beat, Da Les, and JR  join AKA on the lyrical front while Burna adds his signature dancehall sound to the hook. Shot in Johannesburg and directed by Young Legend Films, "All Eyes On Me" plays out as an inside look at one of the crew's house parties — taking you from room to room where AKA, Burna Boy, Da Les, and JR greet the lenses with champagne and red party cups. Watch the video below and be on the lookout for a bevy of cameos including members from SA hip-hop collective Cashtime Life. Also, check out our interview with Tweezy, who a few months back spoke about his God Level instrumental beat tape and his favorite tracks off AKA's LEVELS.

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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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