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Rusangano Family Turn The 'Lights On' Immigrant Identity Issues In This New Video

Irish-based grime trio Rusangano Family share their latest music video for "Lights Off" from their new album 'Let The Dead Bury the Dead.'


Rusangano Family—the Irish-based hip-hop trio comprised of MCs God Knows and MuRli and producer mynameisjOhn—put on for their new home country in their latest video for "Lights On."

Zimbabwean-born God Knows rhymes vigorously about immigrating to Ireland and learning to embrace his new home and, in-turn, himself. The rapper comes to terms with his new environment with lines like, “I just wanted to be Harlem, I just wanted to be London I just wanted to be Trench Town, now it's time to be Shannon, now it's time to be Limerick, get used to my surroundings." Meanwhile Togolese rapper MuRli name-drops his grime influences in between sincere lines about his family and overcoming life’s challenges.

The music video centers on a guy who’s having a bit of an odd day before he encounters the group performing in a quirky lounge. The visuals show the band members in various spots throughout their hometown, energetically delivering lines in pubs and in the city’s colorful streets over steely, bass-filled production.

Rusangano Family’s new album Let The Dead Bury The Dead is available now. Check out the music video for “Lights On” below.

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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 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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