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You Need to Hear This Throwback South African Kwaito Track

Professor Rhythm's 1991 release is the perfect blend of mbaqanga, house, hip-hop and kwaito.

Professor Rhythm was the production moniker of South Africa's Thami Mdluli, who made "club music with a township style," as he's mentioned.

His third album Professor Rhythm 3, which came out the same year apartheid ended in South Africa (1991), is a clear reflection of what the nation's urban centers were listening to at that pivotal time.

"Our music gave hope to the hopeless," Mdluli mentions about his sound, which sought to unite black South Africans.

It was a time when the "dominant mbaqanga and American R&B-based bubblegum sounds being produced in Johannesburg and other urban centers were transforming into house and hip-hop-inspired kwaito," the label Awesome Tapes From Africa, who are re-releasing the album, explains.


"We were Influenced by foreign bands and so people updated their sound," Mdluli mentions about the influence of American house music on the growing house scenes of Pretoria and Johannesburg. All of which was happening as he was producing Professor Rhythm 3.

It was a new sound that was also aided by the increasing availability of house and hip-hop records from outside of South Africa and pushed forward by a sense of positivity from the public, who felt that apartheid was finally ending. "1991, '92, '93… Mandela was released. People were upbeat, they were happy, the music was good," he mentions.

Awesome Tapes From Africa will be re-releasing Professor Rhythm 3 on June 1. The album is available for pre-order now.

Listen to our exclusive stream of "Professor 3" below ahead of the release.


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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."


Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.


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