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Burni Aman Blends Boom Bap And Spoken Word In 'Darknessbright'

Cape Town-born rapper Burni Aman shares the video for "Darknessbright" a single from her debut solo LP 'Sweet Science.'


Cape Town-hailing, Switzerland-based rapper and spoken-word artist Burni Aman delivers a letter of praise with the music video for "Darknessbright," a piano-backed single featuring Mali/Senegal-rooted vocalist Thaïs off her Sweet Science LP. The Adrian Reusser and Lia Wagner-produced music video for the song features profile shots of Aman thanking her addressee for encouragement and inspiration while showing her sparring in the ring with a striking, humble confidence.

A former member of celebrated South African female hip-hop group Godessa, Aman more recently co-founded the SA-Switzerland hip-hop collective Rogue State Alliance and is a part of Swiss hip-hop crew Greater Goodz. Last year, she turned Nelson Mandela's 1994 inauguration speech into music alongside French group Gran Kino for the Under Madiba Skies. The 20-track Sweet Science, Aman's debut solo effort, presents a blend of hip-hop, soul and spoken word, and brings together collaborators from Switzerland, South African and the US. Check out the music video for "Darknessbright" below. Sweet Science can be found on iTunesAmazon, and Aman's own bandcamp.

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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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