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Beat Bangaz Are Superheroes In Their Latest Music Video For ‘Level It Out’ Featuring Zubz

Beat Bangaz and Zubz are here to save Capetonians from trash music.

Legendary Cape Town-based DJ and producer trio Beat Bangaz just released a music video for their song "Level It Out," which features veteran lyricist Zubz.


In the video, the three DJs (E20, Ready D and Azuhl) are on a quest to save Capetonians from listening to trash music, which is making them zombies of some sort who can't think straight. The trio use their DJ techniques. Zubz, who is only introduced towards the end of the video as an animated character, comes through with his 'golden mic attack.'

But just as Last Letta initiates his attack, the video comes to an end, and we are told it will be continued. We hope they stick to that promise because we can't live with the suspense.

The video is directed by the accomplished visual artist Roger Williams, who is responsible for the animation.

Read: Zubz & The Assembly's New EP Is A Much-Needed Dose Of Positivity

The song "Level It Out" is not just a dope collaboration by legends, but legends who are able to keep up with new trends without losing the essence of who they are. Zubz uses the triplet flow, which, though not new, is now a staple in new-school rap. The beat he raps over, which is produced by Ready D, also blends new and old school hip-hop elements.

"Level It Out" will be on the upcoming Beat Bangaz album 7785 Disrupters.

Watch the music video below, and follow Beat Bangaz on Twitter, Facebook and SoundCloud. Be sure to check out Beat Bangaz Radio for your daily fix of varied South African hip-hop.

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Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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