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Listen to Bongo Maffin’s New Single ‘Harare’

I'm relieved; it's actually a great song.

Legendary South African kwaito group Bongo Maffin have a new single. Titled "Harare," the single is vintage Bongo Maffin, but doesn't sound dated.


Thandiswa's layered vocals, Stoan's Tswana poetry, Apple Seed's ragga raps and Speedy's R&B-inspired vocals all coexist in harmony over a bass-heavy beat built on skittering drums.

The last time the diverse quartet released new music was with their 2005 album New Construction which had the hit "More Fire." The crew's solo members have been pursuing solo careers.

"Harare" is proof that one of the best kwaito groups of all time hasn't lost its touch, and that their excellence isn't defined by era.

Listen to "Harare" below and/or download it here.

‎Harare by Bongo Maffin itunes.apple.com

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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