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BONANG MATHEBA

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Bonang Matheba, aka “Queen B,” is a South African radio personality, TV host, radio DJ and a global brand ambassador for Revlon cosmetics.




She has won many awards for her radio personality and for slaying the sartorial game. In 2015 alone, she received the “Best South African DJ” award at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards and the “Style Icon of the Year” at the SA Style Awards. In 2016, after a trip to Brazil, Matheba was named the new African spokesperson for Ipanema Sandals, taking over from Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen.



This visionary's image is well curated and compliments her business acumen. Matheba is as much of a fashion icon as she is South Africa's favorite media personality. With 1.5 million followers on Instagram and almost two million followers on Twitter, she indeed reigns supreme as South Africa's Social Media Queen.



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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

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 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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