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Listen to Kabza De Small’s New EP ‘Pretty Girls Love Amapiano’

Kabza De Small finally delivers his new compilation.

Kabza De Small has been hinting a new project for the last few weeks. He finally delivered on his promise. The title of his new 15-track project is an obvious reference to 2 Chainz' 2017 album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. Amapiano is the incumbent subgenre of house in South Africa, and pretty girls aren't the only kinds of people who love it, we all do.


Pretty Girls Love Amapiano, as one would expect, is packed with bass-heavy and key-laden songs that will pack dancefloors from shebeens to clubs—as is the case with amapiano.

Most of the songs on the project are instrumental, catering for the hardcore amapiano fan who marvels at the soul and craftsmanship that Kabza De Small's production is known for. Only three guests appear on the project on two songs— "Remix" features Kabza's close friend and collaborator DJ Maphorisa alongside Masterpiece, and "Stokoloko" features Loxion Deep.

"Remix" is an inside joke of some sort—Masterpiece references a plethora of South African house and kwaito classics such as Mgarimbe's "Sister Bethina," Spikiri's "Current," Thebe's "Ungawa Kum" and many others.

Another intriguing song is "Jimmy Dludlu," in which Kabza samples the legendary jazz musician Jimmy Dludlu's infamous guitar—the song's a crossbreed you never knew you needed.

Pretty Girls Love Amapiano consists of one heater after another, and deserves a spot on your playlist.

PGLA is preceded by Scorpion King, a collaborative between Kabza and his mentor DJ Maphorisa, who by now you should know as a shapeshifter of note—he dabbles in hip-hop, Afrobeats, gqom and now amapiano. It's also one not miss.

Download Pretty Girls Love Amapiano for free here or stream it below.

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Watch the First Episode of Flame’s Documentary Series ‘Welcome To My Life’

Flame takes fans behind the scenes in his new documentary series.

From interviews to smoking sessions, performances, studio sessions and a visit to the hair salon, Flame gives fans a glimpse into his life and adventures.

The South African hip-hop artist and producer shared the first episode of an ongoing documentary series titled Welcome To My Life. The first episode, which he shared today, shows Flame and his affiliates—the likes of Ecco, Mellow and others—going about their business.

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uSanele Releases a New Project ‘uMvelase’ Featuring ASAP Shembe, Windows 2000, Manelisi and Others

Listen to uSanele's new project 'uMvelase.'

South African hip-hop artist uSanele's recently released project is titled uMvelase. "This project," says the artist, "is in honor of my father and family, abakwa Mthembu; all my siblings, extended family and my roots in the heart of KZN, kwaNongoma. It is a calling—if you will—a completion of my journey and all things coming full circle."

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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