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DJ Juls 'Raise My Flag' Ft Ko-jo Cue, Blackway & E.L

Ghanaian producer DJ Juls releases 'Raise My Flag' the first single of his forthcoming debut EP.


Less than 48 hours after dropping the murky social commentary-laced "Inflation" with Sarkodie, Ghanaian beatsmith DJ Juls comes through once again with "Raise My Flag," the surprise first single off his as-of-yet unnamed debut EP. We've been following the handiwork of the elusive UK-based producer for a while now — both volumes of his Jungle Book Beat Tapes and  Afrobeats mixes have been longtime favorites around the Okayafrica offices — so we're definitely looking forward to a complete collection of brand new DJ Juls tracks to put on rotation.

Juls' crisp programming shines on "Raise My Flag" as he drops a Ghanaian-tinged hip-hop beat anchored by the jubilant warmth of horns that seem straight out of a highlife classic. Juls rounds up newcomer Blackway and fellow BBnZ affiliates Ko-jo Cue and E.L, a cast of slick spitters whose stellar guest spots on the track solidify them as some of the brightest MCs to keep an eye on in the GH scene. Ko-jo Cue is the first up on the plate and he gives a detailed timeline of his rise within the rap game before ending his verse with a jab at the Mahama-led government's mismanagement of the cedi, though he makes sure to note that it's all love despite the current economic hardships being experienced. Blackway then swoops in on the hook with the hungry bravado of one determined to chisel their name into the annals of Ghanaian hip-hop history. The Brooklyn-based newcomer vies for his spot in the rap dynasty with a verse chock-full of his dreams of lyrical sovereignty. Finally, E.L. swaggers through on the closing verse to regale us with tales of his more nefarious associations while reasserting his claim of being the 'best African rapper.'

Stream "Raise My Flag" below and get familiar with DJ Juls' beatwork over on his soundcloud before the EP arrives.

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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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