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Cassper Nyovest releases his sixth studio album 'Sweet and Short 2.0'.

Cassper Nyovest's sixth studio album is a sequel of his fourth studio album Sweet and Short released in 2018. In the new project, the South African hip-hop superstar explores amapiano, which he started doing on Sweet and Short.

Cassper Nyovest was one of the first South African hip-hop artists to fuse amapiano with his hip-hop, a tendency that is currently leading to a plethora of South African hip-hop hits. More about that here.


Read: 808s & Log Drums: How South African Hip-Hop and Amapiano Fell in Love

The rapper tells Apple Music in the album's notes on the platform:

"This is an experimental project where I'm taking an authentic South African sound and having fun. I've always been about authenticity, so this is right in my lane."

Just like with most amapiano albums, Sweet and Short 2.0 is heavy on features and sees appearances from the genre's mainstays such as Lady Du, Abidoza, Boohle, Kammu Dee, DJ Sumbody and many others.

Cassper Nyovest - Siyathandana ft. Abidoza, Boohle www.youtube.com


"Abidoza and I started making music, then heard other people's voices on these songs. We would play them all the music we had and they'd pick the songs they wanted to be on. That's why I love amapiano so much—collaboration is so important to the genre," the emcee who has since adopted the nickname Don Billiano, told Apple Music.

Sweet and Short 2.0 includes the singles "Amanumber Ayi 10", "Angisho Guys" and "Siyathandana".

Sweet and Short 2.0 follows the emcee's fifth studio album A.M.N (Any Minute Now) released last year. The prolific rapper has released an album annually since his 2014 debut Tsholofelo, skipping the year 2016.

Stream Sweet and Short 2.0 on Apple Music, Spotify and everywhere else.



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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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