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This Beat Tape by South African Producers Pays Homage to the Late Johnny Clegg

South African hip-hop producers pay their tribute to the late icon.

South African hip-hop producers such as Beat Mochini, Arsenic, Lebzotic and a few others have come together to pay homage to legendary South African musician Johnny Clegg, who died last month.


The project, which is simply titled A Beat-tape Tribute to Johnny, sees each producer flip a Johnny Clegg or Juluka sample to make a new instrumental. It's a versatile project that showcases beats of different textures, ranging from the 808-laden flip of "Scatterlings of Africa" by Juluka to the percussion-heavy boom bap of Beatmochini on "Bafazane."

The project is also an exercise to test just how much you know Johnny Clegg's music, by spotting the samples (I could only spot one).

Johnny Clegg died last month after a battle with cancer. He was one of the most celebrated musicians in the history of South Africa. Him being a white man who made black music and associated with black people was a sign of activism during the apartheid era, and beyond.

A project like A Beat-tape Tribute to Johnny is a fitting tribute for an artist and humanitarian of his caliber.

Listen to A Beat-tape Tribute to Johnny below:

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Watch Solo’s Music Video for ‘Two by Two’

The video shows highlights from Solo's wedding.

This morning, Solo shared the visuals for "Two by Two," the lead single to the South African rapper's latest album C.Plenty.Dreams.

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Watch TOBi Perform 'Beige' on A COLORS SHOW

The Nigerian-Canadian artist performs his new laid-back single at the Colors Studios.

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Nigerian Artist Ben Enwonwu's Painting 'Christine' was Recently Auctioned Off in London

The owner of the painting Googled the signature on the artwork and only then realized its enormous value.

The late Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu is considered the "Father of African Modernism". His 1974 painting of the Ife princess, Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, was dubbed the "African Mona Lisa" by veteran Nigerian author Ben Okri. The painting of the the young royal of Ife, an ancient Yoruba city in the south-western region of Nigeria, was discovered last year in a London flat after having disappeared for close to four decades. The artwork was then sold a few weeks later for a record-breaking USD 1.6 million More recently, his 1971 painting entitled "Christine", was auctioned off in London after the family who owed it Googled the signature on the painting and realized its enormous value.

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Listen to Shane Eagle’s New Mixtape ‘Dark Moon Flower’

Shane Eagle's highly anticipated mixtape is here.

Fans have been waiting for the release of Shane Eagle's mixtape Dark Moon Flower since it was announced three weeks ago.. The South African rapper's project is finally live on all streaming platforms. The project is a follow-up to Never Grow Up., an EP Shane Eagle dropped in the last days of 2018. Shane Eagle released his debut album, Yellow, in 2017, and has been successfully running in his own lane ever since.

Dark Moon Flower, unlike the rapper's previous projects, is heavy on features. "It's a bridge between two worlds", Shane Eagle told Apple Music on the album's liner notes. "It shows that there's no measurable level of what you can achieve, just 'cause of where you're from."

Artists from the continent and abroad appear on the mixtape to assist Shane in telling his story. Each song on the project, says the 23-year-old, represents a year of his life. Nasty C appears on "PARIS," one of the strongest songs on the project, which is generally a great listen. Other guests include Santi, PatricKxxLee, theMIND, Bas and many others.

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About the features, the rapper says:

"Even though it all ties in together, the whole project isn't just one sound. The production is so layered that each sound peaks depending on your mood. There are different textures because of the features and that gives it different moods. Like, "Whispering To the Moon" with The Hics just adds that pop of colour to the record. With my first two projects I had no features, I probably had one feature across my debut album and EP. Approaching these features was kind of like going outside and playing with my friends. I feature everybody off an organic process and I had to experience a real moment with you. These are some of my favourite artists in the world and I think it's just ridiculous that it all happened on my project. Then the producers. Some who've worked on some of the greatest projects like Forest Hills Drive or Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, alongside producers that worked on Yellow by Shane Eagle. Having them all on one project has some significance. This is basically me saying 'When I do features, look who I want to be around.'"

Dark Moon Flower sees Shane rapping about a range of topics, meandering between sentimental and egotistical. Speaking on the personal subject matter, the emcee says:

"Instead of letting my experiences become my downfall, I kind of use them as my strength. On songs like "Evolve", being able to scream and let that out means when I'm done recording it doesn't affect me. It's therapeutic, and being able to rap those lyrics empowers me and also empowers the listener at the end of the day. It does take something for me to create those records 'cause sometimes you need to say the right thing for someone to get the message. On 'Story Time' especially, the production is very hard and there's almost this futuristic way of telling a story. I'm tapping into that when I say 'I had to lose my father in order to find the keys to the cage.' So the thing that I lost actually gave me direction. I just tell my true life story and put it into the music, that's what's gotten me to this point."

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