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Kendrick Lamar in South Africa

Kendrick Lamar announces South Africa tour dates following open on Kanye's Yeezus tour.


UPDATE: Tour promoters Airey Scott and Miller Genuine Draft announced on 9/13 that Kendrick Lamar's SA dates have been postponed so that Kendrick can support Kanye on the upcoming Yeezus tour. The Kendrick Lamar SA tour has been rescheduled to late February/March. Tickets can be returned for a full refund or exchanged for the new dates at a Computicket outlet.

Updated February/March dates:

Wavehouse, Durban, 28 February 2014

JHB Stadium, Johannesburg, 1 March 2014

Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, 2 March 2014

The recently (self) crowned king of everything Kendrick Lamar is touching down in South Africa this November. The Sowetan Live reports that Kendrick's three city SA tour is presented by none other than Miller BOOMTOWN, the same beverage responsible for 2 Chainz' recent "South Africa swag." Tickets are available from Computicket and priced between R350 (general admission) and a VIP fee of R1900. See the dates below and, in the meantime, catch K.dot discuss the motherland in this clip.

Kendrick Lamar November 2013 South Africa Tour

7 Nov // Cape Town, CTICC

8 Nov // Johannesburg Stadium

9 Nov // Durban Wave House

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A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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