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Riky Rick Experiments With Amapiano in 2 New Singles ‘UNGAZINCISHI’ and ‘HOME’

Listen to Riky Rick's 2 new singles 'UNGAZINCISHI' and 'HOME' featuring Focalistic, Tyler ICU and Mas Musiq.

For his two new songs, Riky Rick successfully reads the room. It's almost summer, the sun is out, and the country just upgraded to alert level one of its lockdown. Amapiano is still the sound of the moment.

And what does Riky do? Create two summer-ready rap songs over amapiano production. The songs demonstrate the versatility of both amapiano and Riky Rick. "UNGAZINCISHI", the lead single, of the two-song release, is built over the customary pummeling amapiano bassline painted by synth swatches and pronounced by a catchy rhythm.


The song is slower than the average amapiano song, and Riky tiptoes over the beat alongside Tyler ICU and Focalistic, the face of the hip-hop-amapiano hybrid sound. The song's infectious hook will ensure "UNGAZINCISHI" resonates throughout the country and beyond. The song has notably been trending on Twitter, after all the song was inspired by a popular Riky Rick Twitter video in which the artist is encouraging his fans to never deprive themselves of a great time.

"HOME", which features popular amapiano artist Mas Musiq, is an unassuming smoothie that combines the lushness of deep house with the suave nature of amapiano.

It's officially Riky Rick season. The rapper is on the cover of the latest GQ South Africa issue having appeared on the cover of GQ Style in 2017.

Riky Rick has always managed to incorporate South African genres in his music, especially kwaito and house. Amapiano is the reigning strand of South African house, and several hip-hop artists have incorporated it in their music, a crucial step in a dance-crazy country like South Africa.

It's not hard to predict that "UNGAZINCISHI" and/or "HOME" will be part of this summer's soundtrack.

Stream "UNGAZINCISHI" featuring Focalistic and "HOME" featuring Mas Musiq on Apple Music and Spotify.



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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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