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Owuor Arunga x Dadabass 'Black As They Come'

The debut single from Owuor Arunga, "Black As They Come," with Dadabass and featuring Felicia Loud, is available now via Arunga Music.


Kenyan "Dizzy Gillespie of hip-hop" Owuor Arunga is arguably the most important trumpeter in the rap game today. As pied piper to the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Heist tour, the Kisumu-born/Seattle-based jazz cat offered his expert pipes to what may go down as the most important song of this generation. Somehow between trotting the globe as orchestral leader of the year's success story, joining Macklemore in impromptu jazz sessions, and historic camel joyrides, superjazzman Owuor found time to record his first single. Just in time for the holidays comes ferocious family affair "Black As They Come," which sees the elder Arunga join forces with MC sister, the hard-spitting Dadabass (Geneiva Arunga). The diasporic homage also features the vocals of Seattle soulstress Felicia Loud. "Black As They Come" is available now via Arunga Music. To celebrate an otherwise awful excuse for a holiday, grab a FREE DOWNLOAD on Black Friday. More from Owuor to come on Okayafrica TV. We promise...

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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