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Pro performs at Back To The City in April this year. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

3 of Pro’s Albums Are Now In The Top 10 of the SA iTunes Album Chart

'Heads and Tales' is currently number 1.

South African hip-hop legend Pro (formerly ProKid) died yesterday morning at 37. His three albums Heads and Tales, DNA and Continua have since resurfaced in the top 10 of the South African iTunes album chart. Heads and Tales, his debut, which was released in 2005, is currently number 1 on the chart, while DNA (2006) and Continua (2012) are number 4 and 10.


Heads and Tales is regarded as Pro's best album, and a South African hip-hop classic. DNA is his most criticized album. The rapper himself once admitted to having rushed the album due to pressure from his label at the time, Gallo.

Pro has five studio albums in total, but two of them Dankie San and Snakes & Ladders are nowhere to be found on any online store and streaming site. Dankie San, which is one of his strongest projects, was released by TS Records, a label that for a long time was anti-hip-hop. Pro was the first rapper to be signed by the label, which was one of the signs that hip-hop was becoming the pop music of South Africa, which it currently is.






Dankie San was also produced mostly by IV League—the production trio that consisted of AKA, Kamza and Buks. Among other bangers, they produced the album's smash hit single "Bhampa"

In what is highly likely his last interview, Pro told the story of how he got to work with IV League to the Sunday Times a few weeks ago.

"The first time was at Capello's in the CBD," he was quoted as saying. "I believe that you can never be larger than life, because you'll never know where the next thing will come from. When that kid Kiernan [AKA] spoke to me, I could feel him. I was like okay, fuck this party, let's go into the car."

Pro died yesterday morning at 37, after suffering a seizure. Tributes have been pouring in ever since to the pioneer of kasi rap, and a South African hip-hop legend of note.

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


Image courtesy of Daily Paper

Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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