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Emtee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

This Is What South Africa's Biggest Hip-Hop Festival Looks Like

In Photos: The 12th annual installment of South Africa's Back To The City festival.

South Africa's biggest and most diverse hip-hop festival, Back To The City, came and satisfied hip-hop heads on the 27th of April at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.

On the bill were both superstars and niche artists, the likes of Cassper Nyovest, K.O., Nadia Nakai, Yugen Blakrok, Rouge, OkMalumKoolKat, Assessa, who all shared the same stage and dished out energetic performances.

As usual, all elements of hip-hop were in full display—DJing, rapping, graffiti, basketball, skateboarding.


During the festival, an announcement was made that Back To The City would come to an end in 2021, in its 15th year. The organizers are keeping mum about their reasons, but when they are revealed, you will be updated.

Below are some photos from the festival:

Main Stage Performances

Patty Monroe. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

K.O. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nadia Nakai. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Cassper Nyovest. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Huge The Oracle. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Driemanskap. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Big Star. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Gigi Lamayne. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Miss Pru DJ, Londie London, LaSauce and Gigi Lamayne. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Pharoahe Monch. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Fifi The RaiBlaster and Yugen Blakrok. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Optical Illusion and H2O. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Ricco. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


J. Molley. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Zoocci Coke Dope. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Kid X. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Rouge. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Pro. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


YoungstaCPT. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Emtee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.




Stogie T and AKA. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


OkMalumKoolKat. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Zakwe and Big Zulu. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Priddy Ugly. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Shane Eagle. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The People



Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Graffiti, Basketball and Skateboarding

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

All photography by Sabelo Mkhabela, who's lit on Instagram: @sabzamk.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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