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Listen to Mafikizolo's New Single 'Ngeke Balunge'

The South African music duo delivers a love story about an African 'Romeo and Juliet'.

Beloved music duo Mafikizolo is back with another Afro-soul anthem that will tug at your heartstrings. After close to two decades of serenading South Africans and the broader continent, the talented Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza have given us timeless hits including "Emlanjeni", "Udakwa Njalo" and more recently "Khona" and "Love Potion". Their new single "Ngeke Balunge" is a beautiful love song that sees them returning to the sound that first catapulted them to mainstream success in the early 2000s.


Singing "Ngeke balunge, Ngeke bas'qede" the duo describe how those around them will never succeed in coming between their love for one another because they will always find their way back to each other—just as with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

The mid-tempo track, which was written and produced by the talented Mondli Ngcobo, features the use of a number of instrumentals which speak to the group's original sound and signature style. The single is the duo's second official release for this year following "Letheka" which was released earlier this year in June. At the beginning of the year, Mafikizolo featured on German artist Ralph GUM's "Uyakhala" and Rafiki's "Ke Nyaka Yole".

Listen to "Ngeke Balunge" on Apple Music or Spotify.

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The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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