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Boyzn Bucks' Okmalumkoolkat, Stilo Magolide, U_Sanele + Sibot Drop 'Mswenkofontein' Video

Boyzn Bucks members Okmalumkoolkat, Stilo Magolide and U_Sanele drop the music video for their Johannesburg swag anthem "Mswenkofontein."


At the start of the week we shared an in-depth piece profiling the members of Johannesburg's influential culture collective, Boyzn Bucks. Consisting of rappers, producers, DJs, designers, sneaker-heads and creative pioneers, the 9-man crew is at the forefront of the current renaissance in South African street culture. Together, they say their aim is to export their home-grown street culture abroad as well as inspire the younger generation of South Africans in the realms of style, art and music.

With all this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the group was instrumental in popularizing a new South African slang word that directly translates to "swag" in Zulu. "Umswenko is a lifestyle that we, the youth of South Africa are all about," Okmalumkoolkat told Noisey this week. "It's based on excellence and random acts of nation building [coming together as South Africans despite our differences] in a fun, responsible way," he added. "It's all about boosting the confidence of our youth through knowledge of self and global awareness simultaneously. Like, 'Hey, a kid from Durban is as cool as a kid from Paris, or New York, or London.' We actually have more umswenko because we are not really following global trends anymore, even though we are aware through the interweb—we are leading."

Back in November Boyzn Bucks dropped their first single as a group. "Mswenkofontein," which featured production by seasoned Cape Town-based beatmaker Sibot, amassed a staggering 100k downloads in its first weekend. Yesterday the collective shared a fun, energetic video to go along with what has become Joburg's "Umswenko" anthem. Featuring Okmalumkoolkat, Stilo Magolide and U_Sanele, along with other crew members and a mass of young stylish associates and friends, the music video is a celebratory nod to South Africa's s’manje-manje street style and a vibrant expression of Boyzn Buck's strong collective spirit. According to a description that comes with the clip, "This is not a music video. This is a time capsule of what's going on in the streets of South Africa, specifically in the city of Johannesburg." Watch the new "Mswenkofontein" video below, directed by Okmalumkoolkat (aka Simiso Zwane) himself and shot by Lebogang Rasethaba, Mr. Channel Thirty and Sanele Mkhize.

>>>Boyzn Bucks: Johannesburg's Street Culture Empire

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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