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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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MFE Pays Tribute to PRO on The Second Anniversary of The South African Hip-Hop Legend’s Passing

Artists signed to PRO's label MFE commemorate him in new tribute song 'MAWE: VITA24' on the second anniversary of the South African hip-hop pioneer's passing.

One aspect of PRO(Kid)'s legacy that rarely gets mentioned is his label. As head of Money First Entertainment, the label he founded, PRO played roles in the trajectories and craft of artists such as Red Button, Captian_fs, sFs 5 Star and TeePee among others. The former three were official members of MFE with Red Button, PRO's protégé, being the first artist to be signed to the label.

PRO who passed away exactly two years ago today gets a tribute from his label's roster. "MAWE: VITA24" is a remix of an sFs 5 Star song titled "Mawe" that the artist released in February.

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