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Maramza's Gqom Remix Of Riky Rick's 'Nafukwa'

Listen to Cape Town beatmaker Maramza's Gqom remix of Riky Rick's "Nafukwa."


Riky Rick's massive "Nafukwa" was recently dealt a heavy blow when its Adriaan Louw-directed video was mysteriously lifted from youtube along with a message that its "content violated YouTube's Terms of Service." Explained the Motif Records / Boyznbucks rapper five days ago on instagram, "I am heart broken about this but I am a survivor in this game. I've been here for over 100 months and I'll still never stop making music. I will upload the video again as soon as I can. If they take it down after that then I will have to wash my hands and continue with a project that will not cause me and my people so much pain." The video has since been re-uploaded along with a bold preface: "PLEASE BE WARNED THAT THIS MUSIC VIDEO CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND AGGRESSIVE CONTENT." In a fitting celebration of the second "Nafukwa" coming, and also in preparation for Oppikoppi this weekend, Cape Town beatmaker Maramza dropped his own "Gquom" rework of the original heavy hitter. We were first introduced to the KZN sub-genre last month when Spoek Mathambo ran down some of his favorite Gqom cuts in a stand-out Future Sound of Mzansi mix. According to Spoek, Gqom is a “mysterious subgenre that is filled with its special quirks…lo quality MP3s…weirdly named songs…unlabeled MP3s and hard to find artists.” Listen to Maramza's latest Gqom remix and watch the re-uploaded "Nafukwa" video below.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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