Audio

Spoek Mathambo’s Future Sound Of Mzansi Mix Series: Qgom Revolution

The latest in Spoek Mathambo's Future Sound Of Mzansi Documentary Mix Series features 45 minutes of Kwazulu Natal's Qgom subgenre.


Here's the latest installment in Spoek Mathambo's Future Sound of Mzansi mix series. The musical innovator is gearing up for the release of his and Lebohang Rasethaba’s documentary exploring South Africa's cultural landscape through the lens of electronic music. In the weeks leading up to the film’s July screening at the Durban International Film Festival, Spoek has promised to drop tapes featuring some of the best in futuristic music coming out of Mzansi. Last week we heard eccentric mixes devoted to Jozi’s Okmalumkoolkat and PTA's bacardi house hero DJ Spoko. Today Spoek treats us to a run-down of Kwazulu Natal’s Qgom style of music, which he describes as a “mysterious subgenre that is filled with its special quirks...lo quality MP3s...weirdly named songs...unlabeled MP3s and hard to find artists.” Listen to KZN's rhythmic takeover below.

Future Sound of Mzansi: Qgom Revolution Tracklist

Illumination Boyz - 0748685273 0736197847

Nkokhi ft. Sphelele - Travelling Man (Medium Points Remix)

Rudeboyz - Akasemuhle

Jumping Back Slash - Always Unfinished But Never Outgunned

sbucardo da dj & 031 - king of toms

Snaxxzo - Drunk in love (Dakwe othandweni)

Madanon, Mreyza, ceeyaah 'n Pilado - IDimoniI

DJ LetlakaRSA ft Masheleng - Xigago

Mqakxman & Voltage Boyz - I'Str8 Sam ft Manyabza

Jumping Back Slash - Blue Smoke

3 Way Boyz - Bitch Don' t Kill my Vibe

Madanoni 'n oBen 10 - Opopayi

Roman Rodney - Triple Beat Remix

DJ Master P - Wooh Unganyakazi

Menchess - Mitsubishi song(club mix)

Menchess - khumbula ukubhenga

DJ LAG ft Tempo - Crash

DJ Julz - Bass Push

NakedBoys - Lost Alien

Jumping Back Slash - Plateaux

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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