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Samthing Soweto. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Samthing Soweto and Makhafula Vilakazi’s New Song ‘Omama Bomthandazo’ is a Need

Samthing Soweto and Makhafula Vilakazi's latest song is a Women's Month special.

"Abamama Bomthandazo" is a song by Samthing Soweto and poet Makhafula Vilakazi, which the artists released to commemorate Women's Day (August 9) and Women's Month (August) in South Africa.


Samthing Soweto, one of the best to ever to do it, sings about women who put prayer before everything, and who pray for us as we go about life. Makhafula's poem starts by acknowledging how hard women work—from waking up early in the morning and ensuring everything is in order before they go about their hustle.

He speaks of women's abilities to survive and fend for their families. He cleverly and subtly compares women to men. The latter are stereotypically known for their flashy, materialistic and hedonistic ways. Women, however, are "klevas" just like the men, the difference is they hustle for the benefit of those they care:

"Ak' nakleva egqok' iCarvela, ikleva ez'gqok' iphinifa netshalo, zithwala abazukulu emqolo, zine stress segrocer, az'phath' amatlam i'kleva, z'phatha ama dummy nama nap'keni, azinkawzi…"

You might want to enroll for those IsiZulu classes to appreciate the two men's penmanship.

As a nod to the church theme, the song's hook is delivered in gospel music style atop screaming keys—the song will take you straight to church.

Listen to "Abomama Bomthandazo" below:

Samthing Soweto - Omama Bomthandazo (feat. Makhafula Vilakazi) www.youtube.com



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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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