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Shangaan Electro x Dazed Digital

Dazed Digital enlists Soweto dance collective Shangaan Electro for an exclusive video as a part of their Exhibit A experimental film series.


London's Dazed And Confused tapped Soweto dance collective Shangaan Electro to bring it exclusively for their Exhibit A experimental film series. The rooftop soiree is the latest display of lightning speed xibelani moves to hit the web– a craze which started in 2005 when Limpopo-born cell phone repair shop owner turned musician/label guru Richard “Nozinja” Mthethwa energized the life of traditional Shangaan music by pioneering its maniacal offshoot, which kicked his province's traditional 110 BPMs all the way up to 180-183. For Nozinja's full explanation on the meaning and roots of Shangaan Electro head here and watch the Dazed Digital video below.

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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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