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Stilo Magolide Raps Over Icy Beats On 'Ziyabanda'

Boyzn Bucks rap and streetwear star Stilo Magolide teams with Castle Lite and Lebogang Rasethaba of Arcade Content on "Ziyabanda."


The latest from Stilo Magolide sees the Boyzn Bucks hip-hop and streetwear star rapping over icy beats on "Ziyabanda." A collaboration with South African beer brand Castle Lite, the track is touted as the world's first to be produced at subzero temperatures (-2.5 degrees Celsius). The song premiered yesterday along with a video directed by Arcade Content's Lebogang Rasethaba, the Johannesburg-based filmmaker who co-directed the SA electronic music documentary Future Sound of Mzansi (one of our top films of 2014) with Spoek Mathambo. Download "Ziyabanda" in full here. For more from Stilo, see his recent videos for "Mr. Party" and "Mswenkofontein" alongside some of his fellow Boyzn Bucks members.

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Interview: Xplosive DJ Calls Many Places Home With His Debut Release ‘Plan B’

After years of working with other artists, South African-based producer Xplosive DJ shares his sound in his new project 'Plan B'.

It is difficult to place the producer/sound engineer Xplosive DJ when he talks. His tempered drawl could be from any East African country. His slang is distinctly Joburg, but a typically hood phrase falls out of his mouth before a suburbanism when he speaks. His accent fuses English, Arabic and Nubian intonations.

Xplosive DJ's recently released five-track debut project, Plan B, was produced and recorded over four years and makes the producer behind it even more difficult to locate, geographically and musically.

Born Ahmed Khaled Dahab in the Congo, raised in Sudan and living in South Africa since 2007, Xplosive grew up in a home where all four compass points of African music were familiar. He was drawn to reggae, hip-hop and dancehall on street sound systems as he grew up to develop his own musical taste.

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