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Watch Nasty C’s Promo Video For ‘Gravy’

New visuals from Nasty C.

After a successful string of singles from his sophomore album, Strings and Bling (2018), Nasty C highlights yet another song from the impressive release.


The mellow and melodic tune "Gravy" gets a video that's as laidback as the music and Nasty's crooning. The MC performs to camera in a beach that is without any human form except himself.

There isn't much to show on the "Gravy" video, except maybe for the fact that the MC, after a successful year, is cool, calm and gravy, as he sings on the hook. After all, it's just a promo video, not an official music video.

Read: Nasty C, South African Hip-Hop's Boy Wonder, On His New Album 'Strings and Bling'

Watch the music video for "Gravy" below and revisit Strings and Bling here.

Nasty_C - Gravy (Promo Video) www.youtube.com


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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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