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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

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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