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Hear Kwesta and Wale's New Song, ‘Spirit’

If you loved "Ngud'," consider "Spirit" a favorite already.

South African rapper Kwesta had a great 2016. His third album DaKAR II went gold, and his single "Ngud" was one of the biggest songs not just in hip-hop, but music at large.

Kwesta is currently working on his fourth album, which will be the last in the DaKAR series.

The rapper announced a few weeks ago that he was working with Tory Lanez and Rick Ross. Last week, he released a snippet of his collaboration with Wale, "Spirit," which is a bit reminiscent of "Ngud." Kwesta raps in the same deep vocal projection as on the hit single, and the song has the same tempo and feel.

We aren't complaining, "Spirit" is really fresh, and is definitely sounding like it might just be another summer hit.

Stream Kwesta and Wale's "Spirit" now below. This track bangs 🔥)🔥)🔥).

Revisit our interview with Kwesta on how he wrote one of the biggest hip-hop song of his generation here, and view our favorite 10 Kwesta songs here.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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