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Mashayabhuqe KaMamba's Digital Maskandi

Listen to South Africa's Digital Maskandi founder Mashayabhuqe KaMamba's 'The Black Excellence Show' EP.


Born Ntsikelelo Christ' Ndlovu in Durban but based these days in Joburg, Digital Maskandi founder Mashayabhuqe KaMamba first dropped his six-track The Black Excellence Show EP as a free download back in September of last year. It's since then been made available on soundcloud and Audiomack. The whole EP, which took about a month to come together, was recorded at MarazA's Dionysys Recordings in Yoeville (with the exception of "Afrikvn Lordz," which was produced/recorded in Joburg CBD). Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, who cites the record's influences as "fellow Afrikvn musos the likes of Madala Kunene, Yossuf Ndou, Busi Mhlongo, Thandiswa Mazwai and Vusi Ximba," wrote almost every song on the EP (with the exception of guest verses from MarazA and 4Front). It's a solid introduction to Digital Maskandi music, Mashayabhuqe's signature blend of traditional Zulu folk (aka Maskandi) vocals with trappy, autotune-heavy Future Mzansi production. The EP was close to slipping under our radar. Luckily we caught wind of the first single "Afrikvn Lordz," recently championed and given a second push by the folks at Red Bull Studios CT. We asked The Black Excellence Show mastermind to shed some light on the song's meaning and chorus.

"So basically what I was trying to achieve with this record was to be heard, I needed to say something about my Culture, my Religion and my Background but it was a mission to accomplish that; I studied Communication Science and what I've learnt from these studies is that you need to engage with people, speak about things that they can relate to; make them feel like they're part of your struggle, your jounery. So Afrikvn Lordz encompasses those elements; Emotions, Fear of High Power, My jounery and Giving praises to Shembe *the messenger* (Whom I regard as THE AFRIKVN LORD) and what's interesting is that I didn't write the song (it came to me as form of a DREAM* I dreamt it, the melody and the gist or direction of the whole story."

"Izono zami yebo! Zaziwa nguwe baba nguwe wedwa" meaning (Only GOD knows all my sins)

We are still young and creative; We don't need confusion in our lives; this EP has opened my eyes and gave me a completely different feeling about youth of today. We're now liberated and we don't need anyone to choose things for us and that's why I get so much LOVE. They didn't judge me for doing something that has to do with Tradition/Cultures but they embraced that and made it look even way too cool.

Since introducing the world to Digital Maskandi on his latest EP, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba was behind a breakout performance at Newtown's Back to the City Festival in April and joined brotherly rappers Fratpack on their Brenda Fassie-sampling "Higher." M.K., who is a BOYZNBUCKS affiliate, linked up with Okmalumkoolkat fresh off his debut EP Holy Oxygen I. The track they recorded together, "Shandarabaa Ekhelemendeh," will drop later this year. The BOYZNBUCKS crew's UMSWENKO event is slated to take place 5th October at Zone6Venue in Soweto. Until then, listen to The Black Excellence Show in full 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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