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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.


Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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