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South African Twitter Reacts to DJ Sbu's Speech at Nipsey Hussle's Memorial Site

DJ Sbu claimed to be "Africa's ambassador for hip-hop" but South Africans are asking who sent him in the first place.

DJ Sbu, real name Sibusiso Leope, is a house musician and has for the longest time been thought to be the masked kwaito rapper Mzekezeke. DJ Sbu seems to always be in the limelight and often for what South Africans feel are the wrong reasons. Albeit a prolific and successful entrepreneur, his perceived "antics" at times overshadow that.


Most recently, DJ Sbu made his way to Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles where a vigil was being held for Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle who was recently shot dead outside his Marathon Clothing store. In a video clip that DJ Sbu posted onto his Twitter page, he's seen with a megaphone amid the crowd and introduces himself as a musician from Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the video clip, DJ Sbu goes on to say, "I'm here as an ambassador for hip-hop music and the culture in the entire African continent. I represent musicians from the whole continent."

Whilst many South Africans have been dragging DJ Sbu, others have jumped to his defense saying that any African is an ambassador for the continent and DJ Sbu's gesture was symbolic of just that.

The musician later responded to one Twitter user asking who elected him as Africa's ambassador by saying:

"Myself. The day you start traveling to other continents only then you will understand that as soon as you leave your country or continent of origin, automatically you represent where you're from. No one has to elect you. Its your consciousness that should kick in."











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The 11 Best Caribbean Songs of the Month (May)

Featuring Konshens x Afro B, Mr. Vegas, Stylo G, Sean Paul and more.

Back in the vinyl era, it was said that Jamaica produced more records per capita than any other nation in the world. In 2020, dancehall artists seem determined to uphold that reputation for prolific musicality, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

Undoubtedly, Jamaican artists are driving Caribbean music at the moment, a dominance only partly explained by the recent proliferation of home studio setups and desktop production in dancehall (making it easier to keep the musical vibes flowing without touching road). It also has to do with simple timing, as music production and release calendars elsewhere in the Caribbean are often focused on the yearly crescendo of Carnival.

Trinidad, of course, pulled off a massive turnout at the end of February, just before recording their first confirmed case of COVID-19. But if Trini soca artists have already put in their work for 2020, many other West Indian Carnivals were or presumably will be cancelled. It remains to be seen whether scenes and styles associated with the big summer Carnivals (St. Lucian dennery, Bajan crop over and Grenadian jab-jab, to name a few) will take the risk of allowing large gatherings or attempt to recreate the festival experience virtually in an effort to support ongoing quarantine initiatives.

It's a strange new world...but we can all be thankful it still has room for a good old fashioned soundclash now and then. In that spirit, get all the Caribbean heat for this May below.

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