Audio

Audio: Umlilo's 'Future Kwaai' Sound [ft. Kyla Phil of Exorsistahs]

Download Cape Towner Umlilo's dark-toned 'future kwaai' single "Living Dangeriously" featuring Kyla Phil of Exorsistahs.


Umlilo fuses dark-toned synthpop, similar to that of fellow Cape Towner Petite Noir, with underground SA hip-hop sensibilities like crawl-pace rhymes and universally utilized rapid-fire high hats — creating a sound he dubs future kwaai. "Living Dangeriously," the lead single off Umlilo's upcoming Shade of Kwaai EP, depicts a several angles of violent scenes and features a verse from Exorsistahs' Kyla Phil. Stream and dowload it below.

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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