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Darkie Fiction’s Debut EP Is Heavily Influenced by Old School Kwaito

Listen to Darkie Fiction's debut EP 'Sobabini: A Mzantsi Evolution'

Joburg-based duo Darkie Ficiton released their debut EP Sobabini: A Mzantsi Evolution, this morning. The project's five tracks include the single "Bhoza," whose video dropped last week.


The EP has a nostalgic old school kwaito feel. In pure old school kwaito fashion, the kicks are big, the basslines even bigger. The opening song "Fiction Sound," is reminiscent of Kyllex's production (peep the Yizo Yizo Soundtrack). Even the way the duo approach the beat is pure kwaito—the lyrics are easier on the ear; you'll memorize them in a few listens.

The duo display chemistry, chirping in on each other's verses, and backing each other up—think Bongo Maffin. All songs on the EP, save for "My Ntliziyo," which leans towards house, are slow in tempo, taking you back to the 90s.

Listen to Sobabini: A Mzantsi Evolution below, or download it here.

Read: Batuk Keep Kwaito Alive With 'Move!' EP

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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