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The Questionable Song Choices Of The 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' Trailers

We vent about the unfortunate song choices used in the Nelson Mandela movie trailer for "Long Walk To Freedom"


When last we caught glimpse of Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela we were left feeling a bit uneasy, an unexcitement that might perhaps be attributed to the use of a now irrelevant stadium anthem from K'naan. That was all back in August, and just as we were beginning to forget about Weinstein & Co.'s cinematic ode to Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom a new trailer has popped up to make us ask "who is soundtracking this movie?" This time around we were almost getting into it. That is, until the familiar vocals of U2's famous frontman come into play in a show of Oscar-baiting material through and through. "Ordinary Love" is a phony kind of epic, momentous-sounding strictly for the sake of awards season. Two trailers in and it seems this movie is disregarding the rich musical history of the movement. Watch the inappropriately soundtracked trailers below.

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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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