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'Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1' Celebrates Women's Month In South Africa

Listen to the Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1 compilation in celebration of Woman's Month in South Africa.


This year the South African government is recognizing August as a national Women's Month (in addition to the annual Women's Day) in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Women's Charter and 20 years of democracy. In celebration, Southern African reggae community Mzansi Reggae assembled its very first Mzansi Reggae Sistas compilation as a soundtrack for the month. The 74-minute project is a special acknowledgment of the women who are keeping the reggae flame burning in Southern Africa. MissLee of MzansiReggae explained to Okayafrica that "Although Reggae in South Africa remains a marginalised music genre, there are artists whose dedication is keeping the Reggae fire from being totally extinguished, and a considerable number of these are women. This compilation highlights the work of Mzansi's Reggae and Dancehall artists..." and "serves to draw attention to the presence of Reggae musicians that are largely unknown to lovers of reggae music (both nationally and internationally)." For more from MissLee read her essay on Sistas of the rhythm section – Revival and Heaven Cele (Undivided Roots). Stream Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1 in full below.

Mzansi Reggae Sistas Vol 1 Tracklist

It is time - Thobs the Zulu Queen

Jah fire - Kulcha Queen feat Sir Mockery

Ghetto Uman - Faya Uman

Lead you Way - Empress Pro

Jah Lead the Way - Miss Independent feat Fire Flame

Peace inna di Dancehall - Miz Dee

Handichakuda - Nikki Empress

Don't sell Your Soul - Da Ada Rise feat Mpress Devine

Kasi to Kasi - Roserro

Liberation - Faya Uman

Ungasabi - Mpress Tallowah

A Shirolo - Rhodalia

Kudala - Sistah Roots Tafari

Love the Way - Nkulee Dube

Tribute to Lucky Dube - Sista Phumi

African Woman - Sista Ites (1967 - 2013)

Bonus Track: Hero' s Party - Brenda Fassie & Colbert Mukhwevo

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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