Audio

Check out Maskandi Trap Lord Mashayabhuqe KaMamba's 'TRVPMVSKV (Impendulo kaBaba)'

Digital Maskandi Trap Lord Mashayabhuqe KaMamba's 'TRVPMVSKV (Impendulo kaBaba).'

Mashayabhuqe KaMamba is the Durban-born, Johannesburg-based founder of Digital Maskandi, a rising genre that blends traditional Zulu folk (aka Maskandi) vocals with trappy Future Mzansi production. "The main thing people should know," he told LiveMagSA this week, "is that I am trying to preserve this maskandi thing since it's part of our culture and I feel it's important to carry out this task with pride and just make beautiful music regardless of people's perceptions of you and the love for your culture." Mashayabhuqe's excellent The Black Excellence Show EP flew under our radar for months after it was released in September 2013. Luckily we got a hold of the first single “Afrikvn Lordz" when it caught a second wind from Red Bull Studios CT.


An affiliate of BOYZNBUCKS, Mashayabhuqe is gearing up to release “Shandarabaa Ekhelemendeh," the track he recorded with Future Mfana mastermind Okmalumkoolkat. In the lead-up to the September 10th drop, Maskandi's Trap Lord has one surprise trick up his sleeve. His latest masterpiece "TRVPMVSKV (Impendulo kaBaba)" is a next level of warped traditional music. Opening as a nod to Mashayabhuqe's Maskandi precursor, the late "Queen of Modern Zulu Music" Busi Mhlongo, the track quickly spirals into a pounding military anthem with moments of falsetto zen ala Bon Iver. Listen below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.