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This Clip of DJ Sbu Interviewing Mzekezeke is A Serious Mindfuck

Okay, what exactly is happening here?

South African DJ, producer and entrepreneur DJ Sbu posted a clip of himself interviewing his alter ego Mzekezeke on his radio show on the internet radio station Massiv Metro.

As expected, many people are puzzled, as Mzekezeke and DJ Sbu are believed to be one person. DJ Sbu has, however, maintained he's not the asinine kwaito star.

Some people believe the clip is doctored, citing that Tyler Perry and Eddie Murphy who have played multiple characters in movies, and are demanding that DJ Sbu posts a clip of him welcoming Mzekezeke into studio. Others are questioning why the studio, which is usually crowded, has no people except Sbu and Mzakes in it.

This isn't the first time DJ Sbu has interviewed Mzekezeke. In his third album, 2006's Ama B.E.E, in a skit titled "TS FM (DJ Sbu Interviews Mzekezeke)," the two characters can be heard conversing in another staged interview. They were, just like in the clip, discussing the fact that people think DJ Sbu and Mzakes are the same person. But skits are usually acted out, and the conversation is disjointed.

Either way, the two got people talking, and Mzekezeke announced that he is releasing new music today.

Mzekezeke released his first album S'guqa Ngamadolo in 2003, and went on to be a smash kwaito success, releasing successive hits, including "Amakoporosh," "Akekh' uGogo," "Ama B.E.E," "Important People," and countless others.

Every now and then, the masked kwaito artist releases new singles, and this year, he's upon us again. DJ Sbu also released a new single last month, titled "Beautiful" and featuring Portia Monique.

Watch the clip of DJ Sbu interviewing Mzekezeke below.

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Mdou Moctar Announces Debut Album 'Afrique Victime'

The album is a collaboration between Mdou, his band members and his rhythm guitarist Ahmoudou Madassane.

Matador Records has announced that the eagerly anticipated album Afrique Victime by Mdou Moctar will be released on May 21.

Afrique Victime is an unprecedented collaboration between Mdou, his band members, and Ahmoudou Madassane, who's been his rhythm guitarist since 2008. The album will present an effortless fusion of Saharan and rock music; melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations.

You might have come across Mdou on Off White's "Imaginary TV" channel, who designer Virgil Abloh called, "one of my favorite musicians Rn."

Mdou's desert village Agadez, in rural Niger, is his source of inspiration. He attributes his artistic style to traditional Tuareg melodies and YouTube videos of Eddie Van Halen's six string techniques. Mdou has also worked on film projects. He wrote, produced, and starred in the first Tuareg language film: a remake of Purple Rain called Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai– which translates to "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It." This earned him approval from his community and popularity across West Africa. This soon led to world tours and albums on the independent US label Sahel Sounds, including 2019's landmark Ilana: The Creator, which earned Mdou an international audience.

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