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Olugbenga 'Silver Pixie' EP + MNRS Remix

Listen to Olugbenga 'Silver Pixie' EP, five tracks of future level production + the Metronomy bassist/producer's remix of MNRS' "Arms."


Back in August Olugbenga's warm & synthesized first bite off the Silver Pixie earned a spot as a mainstay of our soundsystem. Since then we've eagerly awaited what the UK-based/Nigerian-born producer has in store for the rest of his five track EP. Silver Pixie is a future level of production motivated by past thoughts. Opener "Life: The Movie" foretells a tale of contemplative workings to come from the rest of the release, which runs as a look at life through pensive synth. Silver Pixie is out now via Olugbenga's own imprint Replica Trophy. Listen to the full EP here and stream the just released rework of MNRS' "Arms" below. For more from Olugbenga grab a free download of AFRICA IN YOUR EARBUDS #15 featuring a 1AM assortment of Nigerian influences and modern grime.

>>>STREAM OLUGBENGA'S SILVER PIXIE EP HERE

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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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