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Watch ByLwansta’s Music Video for ‘The Bike Song’

ByLwansta shares visuals for his latest single 'The Bike Song.'

ByLwansta shared "The Bike Song" last week. The song is a single from his upcoming EP SPIJØNGET (Chapter Two), which will be released on the 28th of February.


"The Bike Song" details a robbery which the young rapper was a victim of in the Joburg CBD. The visuals, which are minimalist, show ByLwansta—well, you guessed it—riding a bike. The clip consists mostly of performance scenes from the emcee, who's expression goes beyond words but facial expressions, antics and mem-worthy poses.

"The Bike Song" is the lead single to SPIJØNGET (Chapter Two), a follow-up to SPIJØNGET (Chapter One), a project the Durban-based rapper released around the same time last year.

The SPIJØNGET series of EPs will culminate in a full project after the third iteration. The project sees the rapper update his fans about his life. On the first iteration, the most prevalent subject was his romantic relationship. We wait to hear what is new in ByLwansta's life, except finding a bike ride therapeutic after a robbery, which we will find out on Chapter Two.

ByLwansta is one of the most notable emcees in South Africa's alternative hip-hop scene. He was the first ever South African artist to appear on A Colors Show when he performed his cult classic "Lindiwe" on the show in 2017.

Watch the music video for "The Bike Song" below and stream the song underneath:

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A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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