DJ Spoko Premieres 'War Neva End' Ft. Sam Turpin

DJ Spoko teams with Johannesburg rapper Sam Turpin on "War Neva End," a frenzied reflection on everyday anxieties.

From his home base of Atteridgeville (a township in the west of Pretoria), DJ Spoko aka Marvin Ramalepe has singlehandedly engineered an entire genre of 'bacardi house,' a kwaito-influenced jolt of military snares and pitched-up melodies. 2014 may have been Spoko's most ambitious year yet. In September he made his LP debut with the downright addictive War God. In addition to his solo work, which included a Fela Kuti remix, Spoko also joined forces with Spoek Mathambo for one of the year's most fruitful projects. Fantasma, their 5-man supergroup, made an impressive debut with the Eye of The Sun EP, a spectacular introduction to the newborn sound of South Africa's 'Guzu' music, which included two of our favorite tracks and videos. This March Fantasma will make their full-length debut with Free Love. Until then, the group's resident producer has a few tricks up his sleeves, one of which we're excited to premiere here today.

On his latest effort Spoko teams with Sam Turpin, a rising Johannesburg-born/bred emcee who first caught our attention in March 2014 with his 4-track Eternal Sentiment EP. "I was a fan of DJ Spoko and Mujava since I was 12 years old and this year I met Spoko at a few of his shows in Braamfontein," Turpin told Okayafrica. "We exchanged some emails about our stuff and one day Spoko sent the beat. Spoko chose the theme and I decided to rap about some slightly more social issues and also step outside my comfort zone and 'War Neva End' is the result!"

The track, a frenzied reflection on everyday anxieties, sees Spoko's loopy beats and military percussion joined by Turpin's mild-mannered wordgame. "Essentially it's about how people can cope during tough times," Turpin says. "Like in South Africa with music, people will still go to party even if they are in debt or are going through a lot... people can find happiness even when there are challenges that last a life time, I think Spoko's house and the sentiments expressed through rap personify the concept, the violent drums with the happy melodies and conscious yet positive lyrics! That's really what the collab is about !"

Listen to DJ Spoko's "War Neva End," featuring Sam Turpin, below. For more, grab Spoko's Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape and watch Turpin's recent video for "Alexandrie."

Photo courtesy of Sam Turpin

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.

Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.

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