Audio

Spoek Mathambo's Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series: Aero Manyelo

Download the latest in Spoek Mathambo's 'Future Sound of Mzansi' documentary mixtape series, featuring music from Aero Manyelo.


Spoek Mathambo and filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba's Future Sound of Mzansi has the potential to go down as South Africa's definitive electronic music documentary. With the film set to make its world premier in two weeks at the Durban International Film Festival (and with Johannesburg and Cape Town screenings to follow in August), Spoek has promised to roll out a series of Mzansi mixtapes dedicated to artists and genres featured in the doc. So far he's delivered with top notch tapes devoted to DJ Spoko, Okmalumkoolkat, and KZN's mysterious Qgom sub-genre. This week Spoek lets Herbal 3 Records' Limpopo-born founder Aero Manyelo take the reins with a supremely infectious, bouncy, house-influenced 50 minutes of "new, exclusive, unreleased tracks and some classics from himself and the herbal3 familia." Listen on below and grab a free download while you still have a chance.

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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