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Sibot & Okmalumkoolkat Explore Zulu Ancestry And The Cosmos In Their 'Nice Shandees' Video

Watch Cape Town beatsmith Sibot and Okmalumkoolkat's futuristic visuals for "Nice Shandees," directed by Lebogang Rasethaba.


Seasoned Cape Town beatmaker Sibot and SA wordsmith Okmalumkoolkat team up in the futuristic visuals for "Nice Shandees," a booming joint off Sibot's Arc Eyes EP. The music video, directed by Lebogang Rasethaba (who co-directed Future Sound of Mzansi with Spoek Mathambo), is a blue-tinted trip that features Okmalumkoolkat rapping from a modern throne surrounded by a dance crew clad in Sibot's eye-ball gear.

"I think shandees is Durban lingo for 'things' 'stuff;'" Rasethaba writes in an e-mail to Okayafrica. "I have heard everything from cars, to girls to a burger and sometimes even cellphones described as a shandees. The idea was to create a world that has never been before, and its probably one of the most things to do now more than ever before. We used the idea of a “future mfana” as the kind of bottom line of the idea, and explored different themes around the cosmos, orbit paths, Zulu ancestry. We wanted to marry things that have never been seen together before, especially within the music video language, we just wanted to make something that stood out. And now people have a visual reference for that type of sound. I think we did ok here."

Watch the music video for Sibot and Okmalumkoolkat's "Nice Shandees" below. For more, check out Okmalumkoolkat's recent features on the Boom Africa EP, as well as his collaboration with Major League DjzCassper Nyovest, Carpo and Riky Rick in "Slyza Tsotsi."

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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