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Shangaan Electro Pioneer Nozinja's First Trip To NYC [Okayafrica TV]

South African Shangaan electro producer Nozinja visits New York City for the first time in promotion of his Warp Records debut.


When Shangaan electro pioneer Nozinja travelled to New York City for the first time ever last month, Okayafrica TV was on hand to document the historic trip. The South African producer, who made his Warp Records debut on June 1, says that what he wanted to do most in New York was showcase his Shangaan culture. "Anything that we do when we're excited, the first thing that comes to our mind is to dance," the Limpopo-born artist says about his people. Decked in traditional bright colors and joined by his three-person Shangaan dance team, Nozinja brought his lightning-speed 189 BPM productions to Brooklyn for Red Bull Music Academy's Electronic Africa alongside Pretoria's 'Bacardi House' mastermind DJ Spoko and Angolan kuduro superstar Titica, as well as New York landmarks like Washington Square Park and the Empire State Building. Below, Okayafrica TV presents Nozinja's first trip to NYC. For more, watch the producer's recent computer-generated 3D music video for “Baby Do U Feel Me."

Nozinja Lodge LP is out now on Warp Records.

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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