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Since hooking up with Tumi Molekane’s Motif Records in 2011, 20-something Jo’burg emcee Reason’s star has burned brightly. He kicked off an impressive year with the free six-track mixtape Audio 3D Prequel — a delicious appetite-wetter for his LP Audio 3D, released last month. That was followed  by a notable cameo appearance at this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival and a sublime soundtrack recorded for Sara Blecher’s award-winning film Otelo Burning. In short, it’s been a good year for the young emcee. "Stay," the lead-single off Audio 3D, catalogues the bitterness of a break-up. Best line: “you’re the prettiest nutcase.” Watch the video above.

 

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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