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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.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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