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Zola 7 and Cassper Nyovest have finally released their collaboration "Bonginkosi".

Listen to Cassper Nyovest and Zola 7’s New Song ‘Bonginkosi’

Cassper Nyovest and Zola 7 express gratitude to the Almighty in highly anticipated collaborative single 'Bonginkosi'.

Cassper Nyovest and Zola 7's new single is essentially a gospel song. With the hook going "Keleboga Morena" and "Ngiyabonga Baba", phrases which mean "I thank The Father" in SeTwana and IsiZulu, the song is about showing gratitude to the Almighty.

All this over a soulful trap beat that's built over organ keys and an omnipresent bassline.


This is familiar territory for Zola 7 whose career has been littered with several gospel songs that still maintain the grit of kwaito and hip-hop—"Mzioni" from his 2001 debut album Umdlwembe, "Somlinda Ngengoma" from 2002's Khokhovula, "Thobile" from Bhambatha (2003), "Phezulu" from Ibutho (2004) and recently "Ngomhla Wosindiso" from 2015's Intathakusa.

So it goes without saying that he sounds at home on "Bonginkosi" which also happens to be the kwaito legend's birth name.

He dominates the hook, which Cassper Nyovest also contributes to. A woman vocalist concludes the song with a verse that will teleport the listener to church.

"Bonginkosi" is catchy and will definitely strike a chord among believers. South Africans love gospel—the genre is one of the biggest in the country, and songs that reference it usually become hits (the latest example being Master KG's mega hit "Jerusalema").

"Bonginkosi" appears on Cassper Nyovest's fifth studio album Any Time Now which will be released on the 11th of September. It's the third song to be released from the album after the singles "Good For That" and "Amademoni" which were both release earlier this year. The latter also references gospel, so Cassper is clearly in touch with his creator and saviour. It's nothing new for Cassper Nyovest who always attributes his success to prayer and the mercy of the Lord in his music.

Stream "Bonginkosi" on Apple Music and Spotify.



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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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