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AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #44: KYLA-ROSE SMITH OF FRESHLYGROUND

Download Kyla of Freshlyground's exclusively South African mixtape for our Africa In Your Earbuds series.


For the fourty-fourth installment of Africa In Your Earbuds we tap Kyla-Rose Smith, the violinist/singer of Cape Townf afro-pop staple Freshlyground, who delivers an alluring overview on the highly-diverse angles of South African music. Kyla's eclectic mix cruises from Miriam Makeba and Thandiswa Mazwai to the likes of Sibot, encompassing the wide range of sounds coming out of SA.

"My mix is music entirely from South Africa," she explains, "and expresses the extreme and beautiful diversity of our country — we are so blessed to have this crazy melting pot boiling over, sometimes dangerously, sometimes just simmering like a good sauce."

Stream/download AIYE #44: Kyla-Rose Smith of Freshlyground, mixed with the help of JakobSnake, below and watch our recent Okayafrica TV episode with the group. Big up to Underdog for the cover art!

TRACKLIST

Intro - Freshlyground

Remember Sophiatown feat. The Skylarks - Miriam Makeba

Khula Tshitshi Lami - Mfaz'Onyama

Make It Happen feat. Thandiswa Mazwai - 340ml

True Love -Ilanga

Whose Fooling You - Stimela

Kow-Kow - Malombo

Asiyimbambeni Sonke - Herbie Tsoaeli

Amagwala - Zuluboy feat. Bhekumizi

Badder Than Who - Sibot feat. Theba

African Jive (Moto) - Dick Khoza

Kubi - Zim Ngqawana

Vrou van San Maria - Alex Van Heerden and Derek Gripper

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Interview
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Interview: DJ Maphorisa Talks About Scorpion Kings' Success

The star South African DJ and producer — also one half of the Scorpion Kings alongside Kabza De Small — on their recent full-album collaboration with TRESOR and the evolution of amapiano.

On October 30, 1974 — in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo — 32-year-old Muhammad Ali beat 25-year-old George Foreman in the eighth round of the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match, reclaiming his title as heavyweight champion of the world. While amapiano champs Scorpion Kings don't need to reclaim any titles, their latest album Rumble In The Jungle — which invites Congolese singer TRESOR into the ring — draws inspiration from that fateful day.

After going round-for-round with Scorpion Kings, The Return Of The Scorpion Kings and Once Upon a Time in Lockdown, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small released Rumble In The Jungle on April 9 this year. The 14-track album sees TRESOR, a three-time Best Pop Album winner at the South African Music Awards, lend his smooth, soulful voice to the amapiano sound the duo has perfected over the past few years. The two singles released so far, "Funu" and "Folosade," have hinted at the direction the Scorpion Kings have taken on their latest offering — and how they want to expand the amapiano genre.

Maphorisa, who's long earned his belt for pumping out hits for almost a decade — from Uhuru's "Y-tjukutja" and Mafikizolo's "Khona" to his own "Oncamnce" featuring Stilo Magolide, Kwesta and Zingah — spoke to OkayAfrica over Zoom. His studio has become a legendary haven for artists, both up-and-coming and established, that pass through it — including Kabza De Small, whose I Am The King of Amapiano: Sweet & Dust helped introduce amapiano to a wider audience.

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