Audio

Mozambique Independence Day Playlist Pt. 2

Okayafrica celebrates Mozambique's 39th Independence Day with a hand-picked selection of the best music to come out of Mozambique this year.


Mozambique turns 39 today! Last year we celebrated with a special Mozambican playlist. Today we present the second installment of Okayafrica's Mozambique Independence Day Playlist featuring some our favorite tracks and videos to come out of Mozambique this past year.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Dama Do Bling "Me Luv It"

Mozambique's reigning "Queen of Hip-Hop" returned in September with the dancehall-infused Lusophone flow "Me Luv It." The video features "Lady Bling" bringing her extravagant style to a junkyard dance session.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Gato Preto "Pirão"

Gato Preto is the project of rapper Gata Misteriosa (Mozambique/Portugal) and DJ/producer Lee Bass (Ghana/Germany). Just over a year ago the pair released the psychotic visuals to their warped kuduro bass banger "Pirão."

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Ziqo "Filho do Pobre" + "ISIMO" Ft. Chery Lane

Generation Bass via Mad Decent tipped us off to a new genre popping up Maputo streets, Hip-Hop/Marrabenta/Dancehall/Kizomba/Kwaito hybrid "pandza." Ziqo is a pandza apostle who came through with two top notch videos in the past year.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Lizha James "Quem Ti Mandou" Ft. Uhuru

In late 2013 Maputo-born singer Lizha James linked up with South African kwaito-house crew Uhuru for her own sultry "Khona" anthem.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Simba & Milton Gulli The Heroes: A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest

Back in September the travels of A Tribe Called Quest-inspired projects made their way to Mozambique, where Maputo music forces Simba and Milton Gulli linked up to add their multi-lingual tongue to the Tribe's historic repertoire. The collaborators opt not for covers in the strict sense, but the classics reimagined with live instrumental help from musician friends based around Maputo.

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.