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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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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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