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Listen to a New Song by Kwesta and YoungstaCPT

Bars only.

To celebrate his birthday, Kwesta unleashed a surprise single. In the song, which is titled "Reporting Live From Katlehong," Kwesta covers a wide range of topics, among them: the Marikana Massacre, family, friendship and his marriage:


"Come on, your mom been tryna reach ya/ I'm on the call about some feature/ So, now the family's secondary/ The cost of tryna be legendary"

YoungstaCPT, in his impressive verse, follows Kwesta's lead—covering in his verse an equally wide range of subject matter—from his rise, getting overlooked and the gangsterism crisis in Cape Town. He raps:

"Please decipher my poems, I speak in morse code/ Keep the blinds drawn, and the doors closed/ 'cause where we live, it's been declared as a warzone"

Which is by no means unchartered territory from a man whose debut album is based on the realities faced by Coloured people in Cape Town.

"Reporting Live From Katlehong" is one of those songs that deserve multiple listens, as it's packed with subtle wordplay that you may miss on first listen.

Kwesta hasn't rapped like this in a while in his own single. Save from his guest features, the superstar has been making radio hits—"Spirit," "Vur Vai," "Khethile Khethile"—songs that weren't necessarily built for his core fanbase who prefer raps over catchiness.

Kwesta's yet to announce a release date for his fourth album DaKAR III, which is the last of a trilogy that includes 2014's DaKAR and 2016's DaKAR II. The latter was certified seven times platinum last year, making it one of the best-selling South African hip-hop albums of all time.

Stream "Reporting Live From Katlehong" below:


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Boity and Dee Koala Totally Own ‘Utatakho Remix’

Boity and Dee Koala deliver great verses on "Utatakho Remix."

One of the most anticipated songs of the year was the remix to "Utatakho" by Yanga Chief. It's the combination of rappers enlisted on the song and of course the fact that the original is a heater that raised everyone's curiosity.

Riky Rick takes the opening verse, and drops decent bars, but things start taking a different turn from Dee Koala's verse. The Cape Town emcee frolics over the beat, switching flows, aligning her bars perfectly with the instrumental. She shows love to her city and reminds you she's great.

In her verse, Boity opens about her personal issues with her father: "Personally, this is a touchy subject/ 'Cause my dad was live but his presence wasn't/ So my mama was everything daddy wasn't," and goes on to say she holds no grudge towards her father, and refusing to dwell on that, she chooses to be grateful for her present life.

One thing is clear, Boity can rap. Her verse on this remix is seamlessly delivered in both English and Setswana. Every word she utters sounds believable. She has been consistently dope since she released her first song last year, "Wuz Dat."

"Utatakho Remix" is the closing song on Yanga Chief's recently released EP Becoming a Pop Star. The nine-track project includes the original version of "Utatakho" and the song "200," which was released last week. Apart from the guests on the remix, features on BAPS include AKA and Makwa.

Listen to Becoming a Pop Star below:



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Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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