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DJ Maphorisa's 'Makhe' Will Be Your New Anthem

Watch the new music video for the gqom banger "Makhe" featuring DJ Shimza & Moonchild Sanelly.

South African producer DJ Maphorisa—the man behind many a hit for the likes of Drake, Kwesta, Shekhinah and others—recently dropped the excellent BlaqBoyMusic EP.

The gqom banger "Makhe," which sees him join forces with Moonchild Sanelly and DJ Shimza, isn't on that recent EP, but on the equally good BlaqBoy Music Presents Gqom Wave, which you should also check out.

Maphorisa is now releasing the new visual for the highly infectious "Makhe," a song that follows Moonchild Sanelly as she tells a neighbor (makhe) to stop trying to make moves on her as she's not interested. The song also helps tell a South African narrative of men who pose as just "neighbors" in public, but will use any excuse to be more than that behind closed doors, his team mentions.


"Gqom music is a unique, dark subgenre of house music that emerged mostly from the townships of Durban in the early 2000s," DJ Maphorisa explains to OkayAfrica. "The pronunciation of the actual word 'gqom' mimics the sound that the dark, heavy bass beats make. It is a specific drum pattern that consists mostly of hard kicks and deep bass sounds mixed with low, dark elements such as strings, vocal loops and screams. It is intended for you to literally feel it in your chest."

Get into the new "Makhe" video below.

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Photo: Lex Ash (@thelexash). Courtesy of Simi.

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Simi is restless. It has nothing to do with the year she has had, in fact, she reaffirmed her status as one of Nigeria's most successful musicians with a single music drop, "Duduke," which enjoyed widespread appeal as the nation went into lockdown earlier in the year.

The 32-year-old singer's restlessness is a reflection of the organised chaos that has defined her recording process this year as she combined the rigours of being an expectant mother with an examination of her place in the wider world. It, more accurately, reflects her re-negotiation of the parameters of her stardom.

"I've never really been a big fan of the spotlight," she whispers silently early in our Zoom conversation. "I know that it comes with the territory, but when I got my big break and more people started to recognise me, I realised that I had to edit myself, my life, and most of the things that I'd do or say because I wanted to be careful to keep a part of me for myself."

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