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Cashtime Life Just Released Its Whole Catalog on Streaming Platforms

For the first time ever, the whole Cashtime Life catalog is now available on streaming platforms.

If you are a South African music fan, especially hip-hop, then you may have at some point complained about not being able to stream K.O.'s classic solo debut album Skhanda Republic, Kid X's 3 Quarter Pace and Ma-E's Township Counsellor. Ask around, these are three of the most solid SA hip-hop albums of all time.


For the longest time, however, those albums were not on Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming platforms.

This morning, the company sent out a press release announcing the arrival of all three albums on streaming sites. The press release oddly never states why the albums were never available for all to stream for the last few years. The press release did, however, state that new unheard songs from DJ Vigilante, Maggz and Kid X will also be released.

Cashtime Life, which was headed by K.O. and Thabiso "Hip Hop Scholar" Khathi, started collapsing in 2017 when Kid X left. Maggz would soon leave, too, without even releasing an album under the label. It was all downhill from there, and the decline of one of the most important indie labels of our time collapsed completely.

You can stream the newly uploaded albums below:






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Image courtesy of Jay Trigga.

Interview: Get to Know Rising Zambian Artist Jay Trigga

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Zambia has relentlessly developed a vibrant music scene in recent times, instigating new genres like Zambian Rock (Zamrock), Trapundula (a music genre following the driving element of Kalindula) and putting their own spin on afrobeats. This has all been possible through the collective effort of young Zambian artists wanting to create music that is authentic, different, bold, and purely African.

For 21-year-old Zambian hip-hop artist Jack Lumbeta Kafukwilwa also known as Jay Trigga, the need to showcase Africa to the world through music has been his greatest motivation. "I would define my sound as afro-fusion as it is a mix. I am quite versatile so finding a word to define my sound is tricky because I do trap music as well. In clear terms, my sound is chill, youthful and futuristic," Jay Trigga tells me over our virtual conversation from China where he is currently studying a masters degree in business management.

Following collaborations with Ice Prince and Davido's DMW rapper Dremo, the young star is significantly bent on shooting for the stars in Zambia's music scene. We sat down with Jay Trigga to talk about his journey, new single, his influences in music and more.

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