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#KenyaVsSouthAfrica: Kenyans and South Africans Face Off in Twitter War

Can South Africans beat Kenyans on Twitter in their own game?

Two heavyweights in the world of African Twitter are squaring off tonight. The ensuing Twitter war between Kenyans and South Africans comes just a few days after KOT waged a battle with Ghanaians online.


It’s not the first time the hashtag #KenyaVsSouthAfrica has been used. But it seems to be the most prolific.

“Our own Lupita Nyongo won an Oscar award while their oscar killed his girlfriend,” wrote one Twitter user. “It's 2016 and South Africa hasn't gotten a name yet. It's like Kenya calling itself East Africa,” said another KOT.

It makes sense that the Olympics would feature prominently in tonight’s Twitter war. After all, Kenya and South Africa are Africa’s two most winnengest teams at the Rio Games. “South Africans spend a lifetime mining gold only for Kenyans to get them at the Olympics in 2 hrs,” bragged one Kenyan sports fan.

Still, there are some who are opting not to participate. “Our national anthem goes ‘Nkosi sikelela iAfrica-God bless Africa’ as SA'n we look out for Africans not Twar them! No to #KenyaVsSouthAfrica” pleaded Twitter user @zwangatjie.

She may have a point. While some of the jabs are harmless, others are downright horrifying. You can check for yourself here and have a look at some of the less offensive #KenyaVsSouthAfrica tweets below:

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

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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