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Lupe Fiasco Wants To Get An Introduction To South African Hip-Hop

Lupe seeks to expand his horizons.

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco tweeted South African rapper ProVerb last week Friday asking him how he could get an introduction to the SA hip-hop scene.


'Verb responded to Lupe telling him the best way would be to come down to South Africa to do shows and collaborate with artists. The veteran rapper went on to even suggest Back To The City, one of the country's essential hip-hop festivals, as one of the best ways Lupe could get clued up.

Lupe, clearly intrigued, then asked what date Back To The City will be held.

After ProVerb posted a screenshot of Lupe's initial tweet on his Facebook page, Osmic Menoe, the founder of Back To The City, commented, "Let's make it happen. I'm down if you are."


I'm not speaking for all South African hip-hop heads, but I know a lot would be more than excited to catch a Lupe set at Back To The City. This is feasible, considering Back To The City now has a slot for US rap acts.

eMC, Jeru The Damaja, Cappadonna, Elzhi and Skyzoo are among some of the names that have rocked the Back To The City stage.

While it's not clear what Lupe's motives are, I'm crossing my fingers Lupe will be on the bill this year.

You can read our South African hip-hop coverage here.

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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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