Nigerian Dancehall Meets South African Hip-Hop In AKA & Patoranking's New Video

Here's "Special Fi Mi," a new dance floor jam from South African star AKA and Nigeria’s Patoranking.

Here’s a new dance floor jam from South African star AKA and Nigeria’s Patoranking.

“Special Fi Mi” (or “Special For Me”) catches AKA and Patoranking in a romantic mood as they celebrate their infatuation with a newly found romance.

The single, produced by Nigerian beat maker Gospel, splices in afrobeat saxophones—this one reminds us of Femi Kuti’s sax in “Jaiye Jaiye”—and afrobeats rhythms as AKA and Patoranking serenade their "queens."

AKA, the South African rapper poised to take over the world, has been making quite a few international collaborations this past year—most recently with Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Cameroon’s Stanley Enow.

Patoranking's been holding his down the collabos as well, jumping on tracks with the likes of Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, and Khuli Chana.

It’s a pretty seamless blend of South African hip-hop and Nigerian dancehall, ripe for your weekend unwinding.

Watch the music video for “Special Fi Mi” above.


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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