K.O’s New Album ‘PTY UnLTD’ is Here

K.O releases his third studio album 'PTY UnLTD.'

As previously announced, K.O's third studio album PTY UnLTD is finally out. The 13-track album features Sjava, Wizkid, DJ Maphorisa, Ma-E, Loki and Nandi Madida. The latter appears on the second single from the album "Say U Will."


The first single from PTY UnLTD was "Supa Dupa," which has amassed great streams and airplay.

K.O - Supa Dupa www.youtube.com

PTY UnLTD is a follow-up to SR2, which was released last year. K.O released his debut solo album Skhanda Republic in 2014. An instant classic, the album has seemed impossible to top for K.O. SR2, which was a sequel to Skhanda Republic, was sinfully overlooked last year.

As a result, Skhanda God has been working hard to regain his position on top of the SA hip-hop food chain. On PTY UnLTD, K.O sounds both hungry and comfortable. The album consists of a great balance of aggressive street-centric bangers and a few heartfelt love songs.

K.O is one of the most consistent rappers in South Africa, and one with the longest stay at the top, since his days with the group Teargas in the mid-2000s and the Cashtime Life era in the early 2010s.

Only time will tell if PTY UnLTD will resonate. If the first two singles are anything to go by, then K.O looks to an exciting future.

Stream PTY UnLTD below:




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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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