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Distruction Boyz’ Debut Is The First Gqom Album To Go Gold

Distruction Boyz make history with their debut album Gqom Is The Future going gold.

History has been made. Yesterday, Durban gqom duo Distruction Boyz announced that their debut album Gqom Is The Future has achieved gold status.


Gold in South Africa is now a meager 15, 000 units, after it was reduced from 20, 000 just a few years ago. At a point in time, gold was 25, 000. Music sales in the digital era are plummeting worldwide, so it's still a big deal when an artist achieves gold status, whatever the number is. And for gqom, which has been operating in the fringes of the mainstream music industry, this is big.

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When Distruction Boyz released their album in October, they made a request to their fans, in an open letter, to help them be the first gqom outfit to achieve gold status. Two months later, they have it in the bag.

The duo currently have one of the most popular summer singles in South Africa, "Omunye," so popular it even got a mention in parliament.

Gqom Is The Future is a genre-stretching release. It gives the genre more color; some songs go beyond just being a combination of the dark synths and heavy drums that characterize gqom.

Listen to Gqom Is The Future below, and watch the music video for "Omunye" underneath.


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'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

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Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-made looks off the stage as well.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

READ: Best Nigerian Songs of 2018

Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

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