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Freshlyground 'Revolution/Redemption Song' (Live Acoustic)

Live acoustic performance from Freshlyground for the ONE Campaign's Agit8 protest music project.


Afro-pop activists Freshlyground are featured in the latest video presented by the ONE Campaign's agit8 project. The overcrowded, heavy-bassed, anything but chill space of a beloved Cape Town minibus is transformed into, well, quite the opposite: an on-the-go stage for acoustic covers and peaceloving dialogue. In between campfire takes on two of history's most weighty activist tunes ("Revolution" and "Redemption Song,") Freshlyground's angel-voiced Zolani Mahola and bassist Josh Hawks swap stories of protest music during apartheid, as well as in post-apartheid South Africa. Watch the jam session below and check out more live performances from the agit8 project featuring Spoek Mathambo x Krar Collective and the Brother Moves On. Learn more about ONE Campaign's agit8 project centered around protest songs — “an urgent call for action against extreme poverty… leading up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.”

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Kwesta Slams BMW South Africa’s Latest Advert For Using His Song Without Permission

Kwesta has called out BMW South Africa for blatantly using his song without his permission.

Kwesta has called out BMW South Africa for blatantly using his song without his permission and not crediting him. In a new advert promoting the new limited edition 330iS, BMW South Africa tapped into the BMW 3 Series' heritage in South Africa by using Kwesta's mega hit "Spirit". According to the artist, he wasn't contacted about the use of his song. The hip-hop super star took to Twitter to slam the German automobile manufacturer for their ad.

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