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In Photos: Back To The City 2019

South Africa's annual hip-hop and street culture festival Back To The City came back strong this year.

One of South Africa's longest running and biggest hip-hop and street culture festival, Back To The City took place last Saturday on the country's Freedom Day, as is the case every year.


As usual, it was a celebration of hip-hop and all its elements. On the main stage, the country's biggest hip-hop artists alongside up-and-coming acts kept heads entertained throughout the course of the festival. This happened while aspiring rappers, producers and dancers battled it out on the Play stage, while street artists conjured colorful characters on the pillars of the bridge above Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, which is located in the Joburg CBD. The hip-hop summit also took place as part of the festival, and aspiring artists, managers and fans gathered to discuss the industry's goings on.

Back To The City will always be a unique festival in that the organizers make an effort to include the most popular acts to the most niche, all on the same stage. You don't see that with many hip-hop events in the country.

Outstanding performances this year came from the likes of Stogie T, Riky Rick, YoungstaCPT, Moozlie, Nadia Nakai, Touchline, Cassper Nyovest, among many others. This year's international headliner was EPMD, who entertained fans of the golden era. Below are some pics from the festival.

Performances

EPMD. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Stogie T. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Otarel. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Lex LaFoy. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Bantu Speaking. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Kay-E. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Jimmy Wiz. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

YoungstaCPT. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nadia Nakai. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

2Lee Stark. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Champagne 69. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Touchline. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Boity. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Moozlie. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Emile YX?. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

MegMafia. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Morafe. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Siba. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Faces, Street Art and Basketball


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Jay Stash. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Kay-E. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The Play stage. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Assessa. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.



The panelists of the hip-hop summit. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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