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Audio: Brotha Onaci's Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 2


Philly's Brotha Onaci, the hands behind Africa In Your Earbuds #7, bridges East Coast underground and the diaspora in Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 2. Selections span the likes of Akua Naru, Blitz the Ambassador, and Str8 Buttah dudes The Invisible Enigma and Teck-Zilla. Listen and grab below.

TRACKLIST

1. DJ.BasketQASE – “Beat For Frankie Ruiz”

2. R.i.C (Rumor in the Chi) – “Unconditional Love” F. Nicole Eboni

3. The Invisible Enigma – “Strawberry Jam in Jarheads” [prod by Teck-Zilla]

4. DETROIT PIStoLS (Power Is Surrendering to Love's Strength) – “Ground Beneath My Feet” [prod by Sterling Toles]

5. Just Jay – “Going All In” [prod by TallBlackGuy]

6. Akua Naru – “The Wound” F. Blitz the Ambassador

7. K-Nel – “Nina Nnjaa” F. Kawira

8. Josh – “Throw It Up”

9. Synik – “God Within”

10. Sincerely Yours – “It’s All Good” [prod by Slot-A]

11. Fecko the Emcee – “Flow Global” (Afrobeat Remix) [prod by Teck-Zilla]

12. KrisDeLaRash – “Consumption”

13. Emcee Nemesis – “The Children”

14. Neak – “It’s Your World” [prod by INTLMC & Slot-A]

15. Add-2 – “God Bless The Dead” [prod by Slot-A]

16. Abstract Wolff – “Rose Amilla”

17. Vallentine & Arazan – “Dark Sunrise” [courtesy of Slang Audio Records and Keleketla! Library]

18. K-Von the Great – “I Will Achieve”

19. Amun Miraaj – “Hell”

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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