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Dilaska 'Get Up Right Now'

Listen to Durban-born, Cape Town-based emcee, vocalist, and producer Dilaska's new single "Get Up Right Now."


Durban-born, Cape Town-based emcee, vocalist, and producer Dilaska released his first solo project towards the end of 2013. Titled Suffer No More, the project saw Dilaska opening up about his struggles, his desire to better his situation while managing to thoroughly entertain. He produced most of the songs on the project but also roped in the likes of Hipe, Eudy, and JayTip to add variety to the soundscape. Born in the Durban township of eNanda, Dilaska did some growing up in the Eastern Cape before relocating five years ago to the Mother City, where he's steadily building a name for himself as a producer, emcee, and vocalist of note. Two weeks ago, he made an appearance on SABC2’s Hectic Nine-9 teen TV show where he performed his latest single “Get up Right Now” before making it available to the public on his SoundCloud page. On “Get Right up Now,” Dilaska showcases his versatility as an artist (he sings, raps and produces on the track) while motivating and inspiring. “It was my attempt [at] finding a song that can connect with the youth somehow. For them to understand that everything is in their hands the same way I needed to realise that in order to start making moves,” he says. He is also responsible for the spring-ready backdrop which he was assisted in orchestrating by Kalian Volk– a friend from campus– who played the keys. Listen and download Dilaska's “Get up Right Now” below.

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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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