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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

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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