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Audio: DJ Spoko's Grave Mix


Get familiar with South African producer DJ Spoko and his own brand of dance music he's coined "Bacardi House." After taking SA by storm with his hit song, "Township Funk," with DJ Mujava, Spoko drops another killer track with "Grave Mix." This one's filled with heavy drums, Kwaito grooves, electro flair, synths and non-stop symbols. Check it out below.

DJ SPOKO // GRAVE MIX by SOUNDTRAVELS

Tracklist:

1. Home by Glasser (Township Mix)

2. Cheps Panyaza

3. More Pain

4. Tsa Tsa ftr Chappies

5. Track 08

6. Captain Jack Spoko is Back

7. Track 07

8. Why U Nketsa So

9. Seroepe Sa Nwanoo

10. Oreng Mo ftr DJ Mujava

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(Youtube)

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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 Ethic's 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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