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The New Era Of Cape Town Hip-Hop Radio Mix

The hour-long radio mix & podcast highlights the group of artists changing the climate of Cape Town hip-hop.


Photo: Andiswa Mkosi

A couple of weeks ago, we did an extended feature on The New Era of Cape Town Hip-Hop which introduced some of the exciting new talent emerging from the the Mother City's rap scene. We now follow up with the hour-long The New Era of Cape Town Hip-Hop radio mix and podcast, hosted by the article's author Sabelo Mkhabela. The mix, presented in radio show format, showcases the work of several of the artists highlighted in the feature including Youngsta, E-Jay, FonZo, Miss Celaneous, Dope Saint Jude, Phresh Clique, BOOLZ and Blaq Slim, amongst others. The mix also includes brief interviews with the musicians, who talk about the city's burgeoning hip-hop movement and discuss their creative processes. Stream and download the entire mix, plus see its full tracklist, below. For more, make sure to check out our feature on the group of young artists changing the climate of Cape Town hip-hop.

Tracklist

Youngsta – Kroon remix

E-Jay – Party Till Ek’seni

FonZo – Never Leave

FonZo interview

BoolZ ft Blaq Slim, Chinga Time & Amilca – Aph’eKapa Part 2

BoolZ & Ngola Freestyle

Miss Celaneous – Check Me Out

Miss Celaneous Interview

Yung Ozi – Sund’bambekisa

Sipho The Gift – Feeling Myself

Dope Saint Jude – BGP

Dope Saint Jude Interview

Snarks Ou – Phezulu

Phoenix – They Don’t Know Your Name (Nae Nae)

Phresh Clique – Shine

Sandy on The Beat ft Phresh Clique & cApitol A –Made a Killing 2

Blaq Slim ft Amilca – Hayi Show Bowzey

Interview

Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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