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Listen to our Staff Writer Discussing Inclusivity in Hip-Hop on Radio 702

Radio 702 host Eusebius McKaiser is joined by rapper Mx Blouse and our staff writer Sabelo Mkhabela to discuss inclusivity in hip-hop.

Revered South African talk radio host Eusebius McKaiser hosts the morning show on the talks station 702, The Eusebius McKaiser Show. This morning, he discussed inclusivity in hip-hop, particularly in terms of gender and sexual orientation. Joining him were the rapper Mx Blouse and OkayAfrica staff writer, Sabelo Mkhabela, who covers a lot of hip-hop for this website.


With the success of queer artists like Lil Nas X, it's clear that hip-hop is changing, but is it really?

Mx Blouse, who's a gender non-confirming artist, has the first-hand experience and shared their insights and experiences in the game. "Hip-hop tends to look more misogynistic and more homophobic than the rest of society when it is actually just a reflection of society," says Mx Blouse.

Adding on, Sabelo Mkhabela suggested that the conversation extends further than hip-hop and music, saying, "This is a conversation about society and not necessarily about hip hop because the genre is made up of ordinary people in society. It always holds a mirror on who we are."

The conversation touched on a few points, including the treatment male queer rappers face as opposed to female queer rappers. It was discussed if hip-hop in its current form will survive in a world where inclusivity and political correctness are part of the zeitgeist, given that a lot of misogyny and homophobia exist in hip-hop.

Callers on the show added their takes, with Lee Kasumba, a highly respected hip-hop media icon, calling in too. She agreed with the guests that hip-hop only holds the mirror to society, and that profanity can be used to drive a point home.

Listen to the segment below and revisit our interview with Mx Blouse here.

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2019 was another huge year for Nigerian music.

Zlatan's presence was ubiquitous and powered by the zeal for zanku, a dance which is now de rigueur. Rema led the charge for a group of young breakthrough artists that include Fireboy DML and Joeboy. They all represent an exciting crop of talents that point the way forward for Nigerian pop.

Burna Boy's new dominance, built around his excellent African Giant album, delivered on his rare talents, while the long wait for Davido's sophomore album, A Good Time, paid off in satisfying fashion. Simi's Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1 announced her departure from her longterm label. Tiwa Savage also made a highly-discussed move from Mavin Records to Universal Music Group. Meanwhile, Yemi Alade exuded female strength with her latest record, Woman of Steel.

Not to be left out, Wizkid sated demands for his fourth album with a new collaborative EP following a year of stellar features that included his presence on Beyoncé's Lion King: The Gift, an album which also boasts Tekno, Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage. Mr Eazi also notably launched his emPawa initiative to help fund Africa's promising up-and-coming artists.

Asa returned in a formidable form with Lucid, while buzzing artists like Tay Iwar, Santi, and Lady Donli all shared notable releases. Lastly, the beef between Vector and M.I climaxed and sparked a resurgence of Nigerian rap releases from Phyno to Ycee, PsychoYP and more.

Read on for the best Nigerian songs of 2019. Listed in no particular order. —Sabo Kpade

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OkayAfrica Presents: 'The Adinkra Oracle' December Reading with Simone Bresi-Ando

We're back with another Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help guide you through the end of the year—and the end of the decade.

It's the a new month and that means we're ready for a new Adinkra reading from Simone Bresi-Ando to help you navigate your December.

After cleansing the space, Simone will pull five Adinkra Ancestral Guidance Cards from a deck of 44 Adinkra symbols—these cards help to channel information, messages and direction from your ancestors using Adinkra symbols when read correctly. Remember, as Simone says, "these readings tell you what you need to know and not necessarily what you want to know—our ancestors are emotionally pure."

Simone gives a general reading of what December has in store to help you know what actions and thoughts are necessary to get the best out of the month. This is a special installment as it also guides you through the end of the year—and the end of the decade.

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