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Listen to Focalistic’s New Project ‘Sghubu Ses Excellent’

Focalistic releases highly anticipated project 'Sghubu Ses Excellent' featuring Riky Rick, Madumane, Mr JazziQ, Vigro Deep, Mas Musiq, Semi Tee, 25K, Reece Madlisa and more.

Focalistic has had a splendid year and he has just put the last nail, or maybe not, with the release of his new EP Sghubu Ses Excellent, his third project for the year following Quarantined Tarantino and Blecke, which both dropped in April.

Sgubhu Ses Excellent consists of 14 bangers, including the three that were on the Blecke EP, and features heavyweights like Riky Rick, Madumane (DJ Maphorisa's alter ego), Mr JazziQ, Vigro Deep, Mas Musiq, Semi Tee, 25K, Reece Madlisa and more.

His fan base, Squad Sa Maradona is even credited as a feature on the introspective outro—they appear on the track via voice notes.


On the EP, the musician continues with his signature style of rapping over amapiano beats with clever lines, and incorporating and interpolating South African popular culture and lyric references.

In an interview with OkayAfrica, when asked where he got the idea of rapping over amapiano beats, he revealed:

"Amapiano is from kwaito, so it was a natural thing. It was never a decision of let me switch bands… people make it like there's two different genres; hip hop and amapiano, for me it's never felt like that, it's one thing; good music."

"In Your Mind", produced by Tyler ICU and DJ Maphorisa, showcases exactly that—a perfect blend of kwaito, amapiano, hip-hop and even mid-tempo 45bpm house.

Read: Interview: Focalistic's Blend of Hip-Hop and Amapiano Is Working

The EP is the first to be solely released under his record label, 18 Area Holdings.

Recently, the rapper was announced as the new Spotify RADAR: Africa artist and this week, it was revealed that he ranked at number 5 for the most streamed hip-hop artists on Spotify(SA) in 2020.

At the EP's launch, the rapper also revealed that his previously released single "Blecke" has gone gold. With the release of the new project, it's definite that the Pitori Maradona is going to carry his momentum onto 2021 and will certainly keep his fans entertained throughout the festive season.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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