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Blaklez 'Freedom Or Fame'

Watch Pretorian rapper Blaklez's video for 'Freedom Or Fame.'


Half of Pretoria rap duo The Anvills, Blaklez prefers freedom over the coveted feat that is fame. This, we learn from the veteran emcee’s latest single “Freedom Or Fame,” which he recently released visuals for. He waxes poetic on why he chooses freedom over fame atop a minimalistic backdrop characterised by a perennial synthesizer that flows over a droning bassline and double time hi hats. “Keep the fame ‘cause we want freedom,” he sings on the hook. Blaklez is not afraid to be honest about the issues in his life, from suffering the loss of his mother, to his dirty laundry being exhibited to the whole world, to his long-time crush on Pabi Moloi, and being a father. “The whole world knows my skeletons/ Sometimes I come across like I need medicine/ But don’t judge, I been to places you’ve never been/ Dream about what Pabi Moloi and I could have been,” he raps on the third verse. The tune’s video mainly consists of shots of Lez but also has flashes of scantily-dressed "dime pieces" and cameos from former Orlando Pirates defender Edward “Magents” Motale and fellow Cap City emcee Boy Wonder. Blaklez’s latest is a laidback, honest and relatable story. It's easy on the ears and vulnerable, yet not corny. Watch the "Freedom Or Fame" video below and follow Blaklez on twitter over here.

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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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