​DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small Enlist Tresor on Their New Amapiano Album

"Rumble In The Jungle", the latest project from dynamic duo DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, in collaboration with singer TRESOR, offers a refreshingly mature and pan-African amapiano sound.

Acclaimed South African production duo, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, popularly known as Scorpion Kings, recently released their new album Rumble In The Jungle in collaboration with TRESOR, a Congolese-born but South Africa-based vocalist. The album's two lead singles "Funu" and "Fola Sade" are already popular with music fans. By roping Tresor into their latest amapiano offering, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small aimed to create a musical experience that would unite Africans.

Read: Kabza De Small is The Most Streamed South African Artist on Spotify in 2020

Each song on the 14-track album is laced with Tresor's powerful vocals, which borrow from genres such as kwasa kwasa, Rumba, salsa, bubblegum and Afrobeats. The tracks alternate effortlessly between isiZulu, French, Swahili, Lingala and English. "We went back to the source and tapped into sounds from all over the continent for this album," TRESOR said in an interview with Apple Music. DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small are known for their quality productions and "Rumble In The Jungle" does not disappoint. "La Vie Est Belle" is a dance banger with hypnotic drum beats and a heavy bass. On the other hand "Fola Sade" is a smooth amapiano track that leans more towards Tresor's signature style. "Dust in the Wind" featuring Cape Town band Beatenberg and "Cherie" featuring Tyler ICU are, both, treats for deep house and amapiano purists. The album is an immersive experience that caters to those with a sophisticated and grown-up musical palate.

The joint-album came as a surprise to most fans but DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and Tresor had reportedly been in studio since June last year, following a COVID-19 campaign collaboration. According to SowetanLIVE the three artists purposely fused Afrobeats, spiritually-charging African chants and amapiano to create a distinct sound. Considering that Kabza De Small was Spotify's most streamed artist of 2020, "Rumble In The Jungle" is bound to be a hit. Additionally, the Scorpion Kings are heralded as part of the higher echelons of the amapiano genre.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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