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Cape Town Label DRK&LVLY's 'Beauty And The Beats Vol.1'

Cape Town label DRK&LVLY drops the first in a series of South African electronic music compilations, 'Beauty And The Beats Vol.1.'


Photography & design by DRK&LVLY Creative

Cape Town's DRK&LVLY Records is a recent addition to South Africa's electronic music landscape founded a few months back by producer/DJ SLABOFMISUSE. This week the multi-genre label jumped on our radar with the launch of their Beauty And The Beats event and compilation series. Unveiled on Tuesday, the inaugural eleven track compilation is a hand-selected showcase of South African producers. Representing Cape Town beatmaking are Maramza, Card On Spokes, Dank, Seafood (Card On Spokes + Dank), Cutting Gems, Wildebeats, and labelhead SLABOFMISUSE himself. Featured earlier this week on the Micr.pluto mixed/arranged Subterranean Wavelength compilation (which Okayafrica premiered), The Watermark High and Hawkword continue to put Joburg's experimental beat scene on the map with their contributions, while Durban's electro-violin duo Veranda Panda adds their signature downtempo etherealism and PTA's Phizicist brings a jumpy, spacey dancefloor track to the mix. Stream Beauty And The Beats Vol.1 in full below and look out for more from DRK&LVLY coming up.

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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