Jumping Back Slash Premieres 'Kanganga'

Cape Town-UK producer Jumping Back Slash teams up with Enchufada to release the menacing gqom single "Kanganga" for their Upper Cuts series.

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Cape Town-based UK producer Jumping Back Slash teams up with Buraka Som Sistema label Enchufadas' Upper Cuts series to drop the rumbling "Kanganga." Jumping Back Slash — who helped co-produce Spoek Mathambo and DJ Spoko‘s Fantasma album — has been one the foremost supporters of gqom, the raw electronic genre bubbling out of Durban's underground scene. "Kanganga," with its blend of stuttering kick drums, stripped-down synthesizer melodies and grimy vocal samples, lives directly in gqom's sonic lane.

As Enchufada explains, Jumping Back Slash fell in love with the sound after moving back to South Africa, where he came across "kids fir[ing] up cracked copies of Fruity Loops and... reducing afro-house and kwaito to its most basic elements. Everything gets stripped away until all you have is a syncopated beat, a menacing bassline and a few vocal chops thrown in for good measure."

Stream and download our premiere of Jumping Back Slash's menacing "Kanganga" below, which is out now via Enchufada's Upper Cuts series. For more, revisit Jumping Back Slash's excellent Cape Town In Your Earbuds mixtape from earlier this year, plus his recent Okmalumkoolkat remix and collaboration with JOSIAHWISE IS THE SERPENTWITHFEET. Looks like its gqom day at Okayafrica.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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