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Big Star and Kwesta Pay Homage To Kwaito and Pantsula Culture In The Video For ‘Sgubu’

Watch Big Star Johnson and Kwesta's video for 'Sgubu.'

On the video for South African rapper Big Star Johnson's Kwesta-assisted single "Sgubu," you'll see pantsulas gyrating in All Stars and Dickies suits, reminiscent of kwaito videos of the 90s and early 2000s.


The song itself borrows from kwaito, from the loungey pads and big bassline, to Big Star and Kwesta's nonchalant delivery and kwaito references in their lyrics.

The hook is appropriated from the TKZee song "Mambotjie" from their classic album Halloween (1998), and there are plenty of lines from vintage kwaito songs on "Sgubu," so much that it feels like an inside joke only understood by those who grew up on kwaito.

Read: The 10 Best Kwaito Producers

If you are a fan of kwaito like this writer, you'll definitely love this video and this song. The video was directed by Joburg-based director Kuda Jemba, who also directed Big Star's video for "Pablo."

"Sgubu" is a single from Big Star's upcoming debut album, Me & Mines, releasing August 24th via the label Vth Season.

About the album, the artist says:

"Currently I'm at a place where I'm the most comfortable I've ever been in the industry. And I'm finally at a place where I feel I can express myself. I'm hella excited about the future and what it holds for me."

"Sgubu" is the third song we've heard from the album, after the jazz-influenced classic "Time of my Life," which dropped a few months ago, and "Closer," which is yours when you pre-order or pre-save the album. Judging from the three songs, Me & Mines should be a gem.

Watch the video for "Sgubu" below:

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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