Pharoahe Monch. Photo: Back To The City Festival

Pharoahe Monch Is Performing In South Africa This Month

Pharoahe Monch will be performing at Back To The City, South Africa's biggest hip-hop festival.

Revered hip-hop lyricist Pharoahe Monch is the international act for this year's Back To The City festival, which will take place on April 27 (Freedom Day).

In the past, the festival, alongside the cream of the crop of SA hip-hop, has hosted the likes of Skyzoo, Cappadonna, Elzhi, among others.


South African artists on the line-up include Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Nadia Nakai, A-Reece, Yugen Blakrok, ProVerb and a whole lot of others.

Back To The City, which is now in its 12th year, is the biggest annual hip-hop festival in South Africa, attracting thousands of hip-hop fans from all across the country. It's not just a rap festival, but it showcases all elements of the art including DJing, graffiti and b-boying.

You can view the whole line-up below, and buy tickets here.


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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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