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First Listen: South African Rapper ByLwansta Has Your New Break-Up Jam

ByLwansta releases his first single since his solid 2016 EP.

Gifted South African rapper ByLwansta released a solid EP, Your Absolutely Right, last year, which made our list of the best South African hip-hop releases of 2016.


“Oh Well," his latest song, which we are premiering here, is his first release since the EP. The new single sees the rapper spit theatrical rhymes over flamenco strings and a deep bass line courtesy of Johannesburg-based producer 808x.

The smooth song, according to the rapper, can be looked at as a continuation of YAR or a bonus track from the project.

“Oh Well" is a song the emcee wrote after breaking up with his girlfriend, who he wrote about on the song “Grey" from YAR.

“On the song, I take the listener through a tour of my pain and anxiety," says ByLwansta in an email to OkayAfrica. “Like, I'm literally dealing with it at that very moment, then out of the blue you hear my girlfriend's vocal as an ad-lib, and from the listener's perspective, I assume they'll be like, 'wait, what?' But it's there to show how we got through it, and I'm just making art and, it's fucking beautiful."

Being the all-round artist ByLwansta is, the song's artwork, which the rapper designed himself, has a bit of meaning behind it.“It's based off a picture taken nonchalantly by Kayte Grant. The orange background links the release to YAR," he says.

Listen to “Oh Well" below and download it here.



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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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