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Watch AKA & K.O.'s 'Run Jozi (Godly)' Video

Watch South African rappers AKA and K.O.'s video for 'Run Jozi (Godly),' directed by Yanga Ntshakaza. The song is off AKA's 'Levels' LP.


Two of the most charismatic emcees in the South African mainstream hip-hop scene, AKA and K.O. traded braggadocio bars over loud horns courtesy of Soweto-based producer Tweezy on “Run Jozi (Godly)”. The song, which is extracted from AKA’s latest album Levels, has just been treated with visuals. Monochromatic in nature, the video was directed by Yanga Ntshakaza, who also did the hook though doesn’t appear on the song credits. “We decided that although he doesn’t have a feature on the song, it would be important that Yanga was in the video because people keep asking ‘who’s doing the hook?’” explained AKA on a behind-the-scenes video of “Run Jozi (Godly).” Containing cliché shots like the three rappers doing their thing in front of some fancy automobiles, the video, which was shot on the Mandela Bridge and the nearby Bree taxi rank, shows the grimy streets of downtown Jozi. The two emcees add a different dimension to the grimy part of the city and exhibit their personalities in front of the camera and to onlookers. AKA Instagram followers might remember the hype he generated with images of him and the video crew closing down Mandela Bridge for the video shoot. Watch below and decide whether or not the video lives up to the hype.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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Watch YoungstaCPT's New Music Video for 'Kleurling'

YoungstaCPT explores, with great profundity, the complexity of Coloured identity and culture in his latest music video for 'Kleurling'.