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Listen to 'Amapiano Volume 4'

Listen to the latest compilation of South Africa's new house sound.

The amapiano movement is reminiscent of the once small South African house movement when household names such as DJ Fresh, Black Coffee and the like were still up-and-comers crashing in each other's couches in the 2000s. Compilations were a thing at the time. So is the case with amapiano, the new South African house music subgenre that's dominating clubs, shebeens and radio playlists.


In just four years, the Amapiano series has gifted fans with four solid compilations that showcase new producers of the subgenre. The latest iteration of the series, Amapiano Volume 4, came out last week, and features the likes of Kabza De Small, Ntokzin, MDU aka TRP, and a whole lot more.

Last year saw amapiano's rise, as the subgenre got some mainstream recognition and garnered a few critics (the sign of arriving). Started in Pitori (which you might know as Pretoria, the capital of South Africa), amapiano blends the city's musical influences. Amapiano is a sophisticated hybrid of deep house, jazz and lounge music. It's characterized by synths, airy pads and wide basslines.

Listen to Amapiano Volume 4 below.



House Afrika & Born In Soweto - AmaPiano Vol. 4 (Official Album Mix) www.youtube.com

Follow Amapiano on Twitter: AmaPianoSA.

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What to Watch at Home During Coronavirus Shutdown: ARRAY's New Digital African Film Series

The film platform, from director Ava DuVernay, is hosting a weekly movie-viewing experience for the "global online community of cinephiles."

If you're looking for African films to dive into while at home during the coronavirus outbreak, a new digital series from award-winning director Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY is a great place to start. The multi-media platform and arts collective is launching its #ARRAYMatinee series, and each film will be available for viewing here.

#ARRAYMatinee is a virtual movie-viewing experience that will screen a string of the collective's previously released independent films from Africa and the diaspora. The weekly series begins on Wednesday, April 1 with a viewing of the 2015 South African coming-of-age film Ayanda. "Viewers will take a cinematic journey to the international destinations and cultures featured in five films that were released via the ARRAY Releasing independent film distribution collective that amplifies that work of emerging filmmakers of color and women of all kinds," says the platform in a press release. To promote a communal viewing experience, viewers are also encouraged to have discussions on Twitter, using the hashtag #ARRAYMatinee.

The five-part series will run weekly until May 13, and also includes films from Liberia, Ghana, and Grenada. See the full viewing schedule below with descriptions from ARRAY, and visit ARRAY's site at the allotted times to watch.

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South African artists take to social media to criticize the government's lack of plans during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

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