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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

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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