Watch ‘Little America,’ a Documentary That Explores The US’ Influence on South African Music

Watch this new short documentary by Darkie Fiction.

Darkie Fiction is a music duo from South Africa. They pride themselves in making "authentic" South African music—their music has a huge old school kwaito influence. In our 2017 interview with them, they said, "Popular South African music just sounds like American music and our frustration with that is what has become the characters you see in Darkie Fiction. They're not too removed from who we really are, unlike us though, they're just not afraid to say what they really think through music."

So passionate they are about this topic that they made a whole documentary about it. The doccie was commissioned by the music channel TRACE TV.

Interviewed in the documentary are hip-hop artists Da L.E.S, Nadia Nakai and J Molley, genre-hopper Moonchild and veteran kwaito artist Zola. The hip-hop artists are asked about the America influence in their music.

"I always find these conversations annoying because these conversations are never brought up in rap music, pop music, house, EDM, it's always hip-hop. It just shows how influential hip-hop is," says L.E.S.

Zola, towards the end of the film, speaks about how damaging it is to play a lot of American music on South African radio and TV.

He says:

The more we play American music, we are selling that. We are destroying the fashion designer, the stylist, the make-up artist from this country. We destroying the cameraman, the location scout, everybody involved. It has to take an America to be interested in a certain garment, and they wear that and everybody goes crazy about it. Why aren't we doing it on our own? We supposed to tell them who we are, not the other way around. If you put it on TV and you put it on radio, and you put too much of it, the generation becomes. So ngale ekugcineni, it's the fault of the compilers and the producers, that these kids are exposed to this. America benefits from that because then you can sell the jeans, the boots, the burgers."

Watch the documentary below, and don't forget to pick up a copy of Darkie Fiction's latest EP, Sobabini: A Mzantsi Evolution, here.

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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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