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Muzi Tells the Story of Displacement, Cheap Labor & Love Under Apartheid in His New EP ‘Stimela SeGolide’

"It's real and sensitive, but I wanted to talk about it and remember it while entertaining in an honest way," says Muzi.

South African producer and artist Muzi is, in his own words, genre nonconforming. His bases are EDM and hip-hop, but he always makes sure to sprinkle elements of vintage South African genres in his music. In his debut album, 2018's Afrovision, the artist explored more Afrocentric sounds alongside the customary synths and bass lines that characterize electronic music.

In his latest EP, Stimela SeGolide, Muzi tells the story of his grandparents throughout the project's four songs.


In the apartheid era, black men were forced to leave their homes in rural areas to work in the mines in Johannesburg. This meant they would not be able to see their families for a long time. Some men ended up starting other families in Johannesburg, where they spent most of their time. Things got complicated, families and all kinds of relationships got broken.

In the four songs on Stimela SeGolide, Muzi tells a few bits of the story that could be of a majority of our parents, grandparents and their predecessors.

Muzi. Photo by Pixel Kollective. Supplied.

"The lead track 'Stimela Segolide,'" says Muzi, "is from my mother's perspective and there is a track ('iNtombi') about a distant love; how a relationship must work when one partner is far away grinding and how that leads to men building new families in the cities that they work in. The final track ('Baba') is about forgiveness; when you know you won't get that apology from an absent father, but you must forgive in order to move on. It's real and sensitive, but I wanted to talk about it and remember it while entertaining in an honest way."

To get you even closer to the story, Muzi borrows from the music of the '70s and '80s, years during which apartheid was in full effect. While most of the production is electronic-leaning, you'll pick up traces of maskandi, mbaqanga, isicathamiya and even bubblegum in his vocals.

Muzi - Stimela Segolide (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

The story continues visually. Firstly through the EP's cover art. "The artwork," says Muzi, "which is a painting by Lulama Wolf depicts, how women had to sustain the home engine while men were away mining in Johannesburg and other big industrial cities. There is a family engine that the man thinks that he is pushing by sending money home, but the real family building is being done by the women left behind. So, that's where that comes from and shout-out to Lulama for highlighting that in her creation."

For the release of the EP, Muzi did a conventional listening session and then physically took to the streets to perform the project, through a four-day pop-up store in Braamfontein and four-day mobile pop-up store in Pretoria and other parts of Johannesburg. The stores sold merchandise items in which Muzi collaborated with the brand DEAD.

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"It's the story of my grandparents," says Muzi. "My grandfather used to wear a one-piece overall to work and that's where the idea to make overalls with DEAD came from. So, it's largely inspired by what my mother told me about her parents; her dad was far away working and her mother was a domestic worker and raising white children while her child was at home. I thought it was important for me to share that, as I feel like SA artists don't share enough of our stories due to the shame of our past."

The animated music video for "Stimela Segolide" was created by rapper and all-round artist ByLwansta. The video tells the story pieced together by the EP's four songs. It's a visual poem, showing the train trailing to the City of Gold and the miners digging up in the mines.



Stimela Segolide EP is now available to stream and download on Apple, Spotify, Deezer .


View Muzi's tour dates below:

Sat 15 June 2019: La Magnifique Society Festival – Reims, France

Fri 28 June 2019: Fusion Festival - Larz, Germany

Fri 9 August 2019: Boomtown Fair Festival – London, UK

Sat 17 August 2019: ISC Club – Bern, Switzerland

Sun 25 August 2019: Afropunk Brooklyn - New York City, USA

Connect with MUZI on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube

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OkayAfrica and B4Bonah Share New 'B4Beginning' Capsule Collection

We've teamed up with the Ghanaian artist ahead of the release of his debut project for some colorful new merch.

Rising Ghanaian star B4Bonah, premieres his catchy debut track "See Body," and to mark the song's release, OkayAfrica has teamed up with the artist to share a new collection of tees, that'll fit nicely into your summer wardrobe.

The artist's latest track is a party jam, that sees him flowing "over an earworm flute melody and afrobeats percussion," using "his rasping flow to celebrate the girl of his dreams." The track was produced by J.Rocs.

B4Bonah - See Body www.youtube.com

In conjunction with the song's release, two new shirt designs are available for preorder at our Okayshop. The vibrant shirts feature the artist's image on colorful blue and green colored blocks, with the words "B4BONAH B4BEGINNING," on the back—referencing the artist's debut mixtape, which is slated for release in late July. The project features Medikal, Mugeez (R2Bees), Amaarae & Ivy Sole.


B4Bonah is an artist to watch, as he continues to make his presence known in the Ghanaian music scene.

Watch the music video for "See Body" above, and head to shop.okayplayer.com now to pick up to pre-order a shirt (or two). You can also preorder B4Bonah's B4beginning mixtape here.

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Watch EL, Joey B and Falz' New Video for 'Ehua'

Ghana meets Nigeria in this hilarious new clip.

Ghanaian rappers EL and Joey B connect with Nigeria's Falz for this addictive new collaboration and music video for "Ehua."

"Ehua" is built on energetic afro-electronic beat work produced by EL himself. Joey B handles the hook while Falz kicks things off early with a solid verse.

The eye-catching and hilarious music video for the single, directed by Yaw Skyface, features EL as a policeman, Falz as the 'oga' bossman, and Joey B as a worker for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Falz takes Joey B's woman by showing off his money and status, so Joey B enlists policeman EL to get back at Falz. The plan backfires however as the officer decides to stick around and party with the rich instead of helping the everyday worker out.

For more GH hits check out our Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month roundups and follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Watch the new music video for EL, Joey B and Falz' "Ehua" below.

EL ft Joey B & Falz - Ehua (Official Video) youtu.be


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Nigeria's Super Falcons Were Forced To Threaten a Sit-In Protest Over Unpaid Bonuses After Women's World Cup

After negotiations, the Nigerian Football Federation have agreed to run the players their money.

Nigeria's own Super Falcons had a great run during the Women's World Cup. But instead of the players heading back home or to their respective professional clubs after losing to Germany 3-0, they were forced to strong-arm the Nigerian Football Federation to pay what they're owed.

According to ESPN's initial report over the weekend, the Super Falcons threatened to stage a sit-in protest at their hotel in France until all of their unpaid bonuses dating back to two years ago were paid, along with their World Cup allowances and bonuses.

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