DJ Double D Enlists Zoocci Coke Dope, Benny Afroe & Manu WorldStar for New Single ‘Grocery Store’

Listen to DJ Double D's new single 'Grocery Store' featuring Zoocci Coke Dope, Benny Afroe & Manu WorldStar.

South African hip-hop DJ, producer and sound engineer DJ Double D's new song features some of South Africa's young talent— Zoocci Coke Dope, Benny Afroe & Manu WorldStar.


A rubbery bassline, normally heard on R&B and West Coast G funk, is anchored by 808s alongside a cushion of pads. "Grocery Store" contains a combination of raps and melodies.

Describing how the song came together, DJ D Double D explains:

"I first heard the hook of this song and beat in studio months back with Zoocci Coke Dope. I was then approached by Raphael Benza of Vth Season who was A&R on this song with Benny Afroe's verse on it as we had been speaking about doing a collaboration for a while. I immediately knew that I needed to be involved in this single and complete the song to give the fans this phenomenal single."

DJ D Double D adds: "I then approached Manu WorldStar to lace the final verse on the single as we had also been speaking of working on a song together for some time and he completely bodied it. 'Grocery Store' was then born."

Stream "Grocery Store" by DJ Double D featuring Zoocci Coke Dope, Benny Afroe & Manu WorldStar on Apple Music and Spotify.




DJ D Double D - Grocery Store (Official Audio) ft Zoocci Coke Dope, Benny Afroe & Manu WorldStar youtu.be


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In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

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The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

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