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Seba Kaapstad Scrutinize Being African In Their Latest Video Single ‘Africa’

Watch Seba Kaapstad's new music video for their latest single 'Africa.'

South African jazz/neou soul group Seba Kaapstad, who recently signed to Mello Music Group, have a new single. "Africa" is the follow-up to "Breathe," their debut single with the label released last month to announce the signing.

While thematically "Breathe" was encouraging us to take pit stops during the rat race, "Africa" scrutinizes the duality of being proud and hopeful while coming into terms with the continent's weaknesses.


Raps group member Zoe Modiga:

"Held back by structure/ Funny we were the help that built this architecture/ Now we're scattered like left overs/ Mntanakithi siyahlupheka/ Ukuphila ukubona, niyavuma?/ Sizophumelela ngempela it is true now/ Although there is complexity and conflicts in view now/ Let's make this land brand new now"

Her delivery carries the song's message of hope and ambition. She is jolly and confident—reminiscent of Left Eye.

"Africa," just like the continent itself, refuses to be one thing. Apart from taking inspiration from different genres such as jazz, hip-hop, R&B, neo soul, kwaito, etc., it transitions twice in just above 4 minutes. For the first two minutes or so, it's a calm key-laden jazz tune with hard drums getting introduced along the way. Halfway through, Zoe busts her rap verse, to which the beat changes to accommodate her.

The most interesting and least expected part is when an interpolation from Mgarimbe's vulgar street anthem "Sista Bethina" introduces the first two lines of the eSwatini national anthem chanted repeatedly—it's a beautiful mess that is symbolic of the continent.

"Africa" and "Breathe" are both part of the crew's upcoming album Thina, which currently has no release date, but is up for pre-order and pre-save on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp.

Watch the music video for "Africa" below, and pre-order/pre-save Thina.

Seba Kaapstad - Africa | Official Video 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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