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Spoek Mathambo's 'Future Sound Of Mzansi 2 Mix'

Spoek Mathambo comes through with his 'Future Sound Of Mzansi 2 Mix' with Petite Noir, Nakhane Toure, The Brother Moves On, DJ Spoko and more.

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Over the weekend Spoek Mathambo came through with a surprise new chapter in his mixtape trilogy. It was just about a month ago that Spoek began rolling out his definitive guide to "future" music in SA, first with an all-rap all-South African 52-minute tape. Next up came a hand-picked selection of electronica/beats/house bliss on the 70-minute Future Sounds Of Mzansi. Pt. 2 of the Mzansi tapes plays like the hybridized flipside of the first, an hourlong exploration of how electronic music has seeped its way into a spectrum of genres in South Africa. Subheaded "Afro Rock Soul Funk Folk Electronica For Turbulent Times," Spoek's latest selection includes cuts from his Fantasma foursome, Nakhane Toure, Petite Noir, Umlilo, Hlasko, The Brother Moves On, Fantasma bassist Vukazithathe, Samthing Soweto, DJ SpokoBeatenberg and more. Listen and download Future Sound Of Mzansi 2 below.

>>>Listen To Spoek's South African Rap Mix

>>>Listen To 'Future Sound Of Mzansi' Part 1: South African Electronic Mix

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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