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Tshepang Ramoba's 67-Minute 'Mandela Day' Mix

Stream BLK JKS drummer Tshepang Ramoba's 67-minute mixtape for Nelson Mandela Day.


For this year's Nelson Mandela Day we asked Tshepang Ramoba, drummer of South African underground rock torchbearers BLK JKS and solo producer under the RAMBO moniker, to put together a collection of songs that commemorate the late political visionary, freedom fighter and President. Tshepang's curation comes in the form of this Mandela Day mixtape, which is precisely 67-minutes long as a nod to Mandela's 67 years spent fighting for social justice, as well as the global call to devote 67-minutes of today to "fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation" through activism. Tshepang explains that the speech a quarter of the way through the mix thematically separates the time when Mandela was still inside (before the speech) and what was happening in South Africa when Mandela was released from prison (after the speech). He adds, "the song "Ek skyn Heilig" is a song from an Afrikaans band called Fokofpoliesiekar which means 'Fuck off police car.' They sang in Afrikaans against Afrikaners' racism. So this remix I did is exactly what Madiba fought for. It's a symbol of social cohesion." Stream and download Tshepang Ramoba's ode to Madiba in this 67-minute Mandela Day mix below.

TRACKLIST

My Black President- Brenda Fassie (drums by Rambo)

Burn Out- Sipho Mabuse

Go away- Senyaka

Mane- Chicco

Chants- by Tshepang Ramoba

Stimela SaseZola- Mbongeni Ngema

Mandela speech

Mambotje- TKzee

Y u 4 me- MDU

Sister Bethina- Mgarimbe

Uncle- Mawilies

Peace Magents- Spokes H

Accuse- Alaska

Kaffir- Arthur Mafokate

Rabubi x die for you- Moonchild x prince (mashup by Rambo)

Noir- Petit Noir (remix by Rambo)

Ek skyn Heilig- Fokofpoliesiekar (remix by Rambo)

Ubombo- Madala Kunene (remix by Smith & Mighty)

Bring back Nelson Mandela- Hugh Masekela.

 For more see: Nelson Mandela: Life In Music

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Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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