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Cardi B is Headed to South Africa for Castle Light’s Unlocks Concert

Cardi B will be performing in South Africa in June.

Cardi B will headline the 10th edition of Castle Light's Unlocks series of events. The event will take place in June at the TicketPro Dome.

Castle Light Unlocks has hosted some of the biggest hip-hop stars such as Drake, J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Travis Scott, Post Malone and Meek Mill among some of the biggest South African hip-hop stars.


The liquor brand announced Cardi B as a headliner yesterday, and released the first phase of tickets. Fans scrambled for the tickets which went for a meager R50. The overwhelming amount of traffic slowed the site down and the tickets were sold out with a matter of minutes.

This will be the second time the New York rap star will make a visit to the continent, as she was in Nigeria for a performance in 2019. She also made a visit to Ghana during her stay in Nigeria. Cardi took time to see the two countries and she mingled with everyday people.

Below are the details for the Castle Light Unlocks event which Cardi B will be headlining.

Venue: TicketPro Dome, Johannesburg

Date: 12 June 2020

Tickets: From R690 on sale on February 21 at 9am at Castle Lite Unlocks

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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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