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Mashayabhuqe KaMamba Drops 'Sun City Flow' Performance Art Video

Watch South African Digital Maskandi star Mashayabhuqe KaMamba's new self-directed video for "Sun City Flow."

Mashayabhuqe KaMamba returns today with the video for his latest single, “Sun City Flow.” The Digital Maskandi star calls the self-directed visuals an honest performance art piece. “This video highlights some issues crippling the Black Market and tackling Black On Black hate, exploitation and unfavorable circumstances of an indie artist in South Africa,” he writes.


The song “Sun City Flow,” produced by 19-year-old Johannesburg-based up-and-comer G-$TAR BEATZ, revolves around the story of a fictional protagonist by the name of Zamalek Japan, a man persecuted by the mainstream systems for fighting for his art. At the time of its release, Mashaya told Okayafrica it could be read as the soundtrack to a short film. And in this hypothetical short film, Zamalek Japan then goes to eMsamo (a sacred place) to ask his ancestors for answers.

“It’s a story of someone who’s got questions about the culture and industry [he finds himself in],” he said.

Watch the new “Sun City Flow” video above.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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