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Sho Madjozi Breaks Down the Complexities of Xenophobia in South Africa in Emotional Twitter Thread

"The truth is complicated," says Sho Madjozi.

South African rapper Sho Madjozi shared with her Twitter followers an extensive breakdown of the dynamics involved in the xenophobic attacks that are currently taking place in South Africa.


Sho Madjozi is one of the few people who've been able to express that there are faults on both sides without offending anyone.

You can read her whole thread below:














Sho Madjozi's commentary has been commended by many South Africans who went as far as saying she's doing more than the country's president about the ongoing xenophobic attacks.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was silent for a majority duration of the protests, nor has he commented about the number of South African women who have been murdered by men in the past few weeks.

When he eventually made a statement yesterday, Ramaphosa said the xenophobic attacks were "not justified."

EFF leader Julius Malema released a video condemning the attacks, too, stating that fellow Africans aren't the enemy.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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