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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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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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