K.O. Just Released A 2-Track EP Featuring AKA and Cassper Nyovest

This is South African hip-hop royalty.

South African superstar rapper K.O. just released a two-track EP, Two Piece, featuring two of South Africa's top MCs, AKA and Cassper Nyovest.

The EP is a moment in that AKA and Cassper Nyovest have an ongoing feud that dates back to 2014. If you recall, at the height of the beef, Nyovest once tweeted that he would like to do a song with both K.O. and AKA, a tweet AKA brushed off using a K.O. lyric.


This is the closest we have gotten to getting that monumental collaboration, even though the rivals are featured on a different song on K.O.'s EP.

Read: AKA, Cassper Nyovest & South Africa's Biggest Hip-Hop Beef

AKA appears on the opening song "Fire Emoji," which was produced by South African hip-hop extraordinaire Buks. AKA and K.O. have sparred on tracks together in the past, and it's always great hearing them trying to out-rhyme each other. Remember "God's Will" by DJ Vigi, "Run Jozi" by AKA and "Bang Out" by DJ Vigi? "Fire Emoji" is another welcome addition to this series of collaborations.

Nyovest appears on "Waya Waya." The song is fitting of the two new age pantsulas. It has some traces of kwaito, as the two deliver their verses and hook with some kwaito sauce, and sporadically throw some old school kwaito phrases in the mix.

Two Piece is, apart from being a moment, a great release that you are highly likely to have on repeat—all three MCs deliver. The EP showcases K.O.'s versatility and it's also a tongue-in-cheek gesture; having two of the biggest rivals in a two-track project is a move open to your own interpretation.

Listen to Two Piece below.



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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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