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Cashtime Life Double Shot: Ma-E's 'uGOGO' + KiD X's 'Pass n Special'

Watch South African Cashtime Life members Ma-E's 'uGOGO' and KiD X's 'Pass n Special.'


Right after the unrivalled coup of K.O.’s KiD X-assisted single “Caracara” (which opened up Spoek Mathambo's Cava The Combo SA rap mix), South African hip-hop collective Cashtime Life (K.O, Ma-E, Ntukza, AB Crazy, Kid X, Smashis) unleashes more hit single prospects. KiD X’s “Pass n Special” and Ma-E’s “uGOGO” have recently been treated with visuals on the same day. Both songs pay homage to old school kwaito songs just like “Caracara” did. Ma-E’s video takes the “when the cat is away, the mice will play” route. The song's hook and video concept were both lifted off Mzekezeke’s “Akekh’ ugogo,” making reference to turning up while ugogo (granny) is away. Ma-E invites a legion of friends to party up while his mother is out. When she returns, she joins in on the fun. KiD X’s “Pass n Special,” which gives a node to kwaito legend Mdu’s “No Pass, No Special,” is also one for the good times. Kicking lazy flows over a minimalistic woozy backdrop, KiD X passes time with his boys and girls under the lukewarm Joburg autumn sun. Watch both videos below and look out for cameos from the likes of Ms Cosmo, Maggz, K.O., Slikour, and Riky Rick (among others). Cashtime, tsotsi for life!

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Nelson Freitas in "Goofy." Image courtesy of the artist.

The 16 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Lady Donli, Mdou Moctar, Boddhi Satva x Nelson Freitas, Shirazee x Saint Jhn, YoungstaCPT, Naira Marley and more

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Shirazee. Photo: Tiara Marei. Courtesy of the artist.

Get Into Shirazee & Saint Jhn's Highly-Addictive 'Juju'

The new music video follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans.

Shirazee is back with his latest single "Juju."

The new song sees the Benin-born singer-songwriter linking up with none-other-than Saint Jhn for a highly-addictive tune built on afro-fusion beat work. The striking new music video for "Juju," which was directed by Tiara Marei, follows Shirazee and Saint Jhn to New Orleans, Louisiana.

"This one is special to me 'cause the song was recorded at a time I needed to break a love-spell that I felt was put on me by a serious crush of mine [laughs]," Shirazee tells OkayAfrica. "Shooting this video in New Orleans, a city with historical ties to my Benin, was such a privilege and does so much justice to the song and theme.

"[I'm] looking forward to releasing new music this year and the first of two EPs called LOST is on the way and it's exciting," he adds.

For more on him, revisit our interview with Shirazee on his journey, taking risks and going independent. As you remember, Saint Jhn featured on Beyoncé and Wizkid's "Brown Skin Girl," one of our favorite songs last year.

Get into Shirazee and Saint Jhn's "Juju" below.

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K.O Releases ‘Killa Combo’ Featuring Zingah, Loki, Tellaman and Mariechan

Listen to the first single released under K.O's new imprint Skhandaworld.

The last time we spoke to K.O., he revealed that one of his goals for the year is to launch Skhandaworld, a newly launched imprint founded by the South African emcee. The up-and-coming rapper Loki was a top priority as he is the first signee under the label.

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Twice As Tall World Tour. Flyer provided by Atlantic Records.

Burna Boy Announces 'Twice As Tall' World Tour Dates

The Nigerian star will be playing shows across North America and Europe this summer.

Burna Boy is hitting the road again.

Following the celebrated release of African Giant—which came with nominations at both the Grammys & BRIT Awards and a trophy for Best International Act at the BET Awards—the Nigerian star will be embarking on a long run of shows that will take him across North America and Europe.

The Twice As Tall World Tour will kick off in May in Atlanta, and will see Burna Boy playing concerts across the US, Canada, Norway, France, Portugal, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and more locations.

You can check out the full tour dates for Twice As Tall World Tour below and revisit Burna Boy's performance for Okay Acoustics.

Tickets are available now.

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