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Muzi's Mutant Durban Trap In 'Fire Up The Bongo' EP

Stream young Durban producer Muzi's agressive 'mutant trap' beats on his "Fire Up The Bongo" EP.


We first got hooked on young Durban producer Muzi from his hyperactive video for "Symbols" from last summer. The 23 year-old producer, who describes his music as “mutant trap, hyper bass and African soca,” first started making beats as a teenager on his brother’s old PC as a reaction to being an an outcast skater in Durban's Empangeni township.

His Fire Up the Bongo EP, premiering here today, showcases 6 tracks of aggressive and energetic bass paired with chopped & screwed vocals, all influenced by Baauer and likeminded producers. Watch the video for lead EP single "Uproar," in which Muzi asks strangers on SA streets to listen to his beats, and stream Fire Up The Bongo EP below, released by Generation Bass.

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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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