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Professor Proves Jesus Is a Great Kwaito Composer In His Latest Album

Professor's tales of partying and relationships were Composed by Jesus Christ.

South African kwaito star Professor, recently released his third album Composed By Jesus Christ. Don't be misled by the title, though, Composed By Jesus Christ is no gospel album.


Save for "Sthunywa," which touches a bit on religion, Professor is still as we've grown to know him throughout the album. He tells tales of partying, debauchery and relationships over typical Durban kwaito production featuring lean bass lines, skittering drums and an assortment of synths. And there are those chants from female voices who are usually not credited.

Right after declaring his affinity to Jesus Christ on the intro, Professor jumps straight into a song about partying without losing morals. "Morals," which features Speedy and Emza, sets the tone for a great kwaito album that has enough bangers to keep you on the dance floor for the rest of the year.

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Most of Composed By Jesus is monolithic. But the song "States" has a nostalgic old school kwaito feel by way of a heavy bassline. It's definitely one of the best songs on the album—and this is an impressive album full of good tracks.

Professor is known for unorthodox features that one wouldn't expect on a kwaito album. In his last two records, The Orientation (2012) and University of Kalawa Since 1994 (2014), he has worked with the likes of Ray Phiri, Avante and Freddie Gwala among others.

On Composed By Jesus Christ, look out for appearances from OGs such as Dan Tshanda, Thebe and Joe Nina and OSKIDO alongside current stars–the likes of K.O., Cassper Nyovest, Mpumi, Uhuru, AB Crazy, Character, and more.

The album's themes revolve around merrymaking ("Morals," "Professor," "Birthday") and relationships ("Troubled Man," "Brand New," "Banamanga," "Can't Get Away"). Professor makes sure every guest featured assists in completing each song, either thematically or by lending dynamic vocal skills.

This will definitely be another big year for the Durban-born Kalawa Jazzmee signee.

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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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