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Listen to Major League DJz and Focalistic’s New Amapiano EP ‘Ase Trap Ke Pina Tsa Ko Kasi’

The EP features Cassper Nyovest, Makwa and GobiBeast, among others.

South African twin-DJ duo Major League DJz just unleashed a new six-track EP alongside Focalistic titled Ase Trap Ke Pina Tsa Ko Kasi. The title loosely translates to "It's not trap, it's songs from the hood." Trap isn't necessarily associated with the hood in South Africa. But amapiano, the incumbent house subgenre in South Africa, which dominates the EP, was started in the townships of Pretoria.


Sonically, Ase Trap Ke Pina Tsa Ko Kasi is made up of those low tempo drums, rigid off-beat kwaito-esque basslines and keys and pads which characterize amapiano.

The artists featured on most of the songs add personality to the project. Most of the vocals reference kwaito, with artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Makwa, GobiBeast, The Lowkeys and a few others delivering their vocals old school kwaito style—the lines are catchy, repetitive and sparse. You will even pick up a reference to legendary kwaito trio TKZee's classic "Shibobo" on the song "BaeBar."

Ase Trap Ke Pina Tsa Ko Kasi lists as an executive producer Focalistic, the young artists and producer working closely with the DJ duo. His EP 18 Area, which came out in May, merged elements of trap and amapiano.

Major League DJz are primarily known as a hip-hop duo, but they have always had a fondness for kwaito and house—remember singles of theirs such as "Bizness" and "Slyza Tsotsi."

Amapiano has slowly crept into hip-hop. Cassper Nyovest worked with DJ Sumbody on his hit single "Remote Control," which appears on his 2018 album Sweet and Short. And artists such as Focalistic and 25K have rapped over amapiano beats.

Listen to the Ase Trap Ke Pina Tsa Ko Kasi below:



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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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