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'Love Hurts Vol. 1,' A 10-Track Swazi Hip-Hop Compilation

Stream 'Love Hurts Vol. 1' a 10-track Swazi hip-hop compilation from Swazi Jive Records.


Swazi Jive Records, a division of prominent Swaziland lifestyle brand Swazi Jive Entertainment, launched its first compilation Love Hurts Vol. 1 this year. The 10-track collection is packed with lush production, foggy synths, deep electronic bass lines, spacious vocals and skillful raps that encompass the emotional roller coaster one experiences through the anomalies of love and relationships (think along the lines of Drake, Wiz Khalifa and Jhene Aiko). In the words of Sakhile Nkambule, the brand’s manager, “The concept was simple, we wanted to capture the different emotions people experience in relationships in one body of work. We did this in a way that would showcase the unique creative abilities of each artist and producer represented by the stable.”

The confident, 'business-minded visionary and entertainment mogul,' as he calls himself, started Swazi Jive in 2009 when he was only 16. One of the brand’s successful endeavors is Hipnotik Festival – a vibrant mid-year youth music festival that has seen the likes of AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Pro, Reason and more, sharing the stage with the cream of Swazi hip-hop – Psycholution, Qibho Intalektual, 80 Script, Diba Diba just to name a few. Ask any young music lover from Swaziland about Hiptonik, they’ll let you in on the explosive festival that's been running successfully since 2012.

In 2015, Swazi Jive aims to make the Hiptonik Festival bigger and better. They also have a series of releases lined up for their artists – which were introduced to the masses through Love Hurts Vol. 1 – the likes of rapper Kid Nice, producer and DJ Tendaness, rapper Kikwa, rapper and vocalist Rahim, producer Phantom, singer Adrienne Foo, producer and vocalist LO. Art Money, another compilation is promised for a February 2015 release while the sequel to Love Hurts Vol. 1 will be released in late 2015. Stream Swazi Jive Records' Love Hurts Vol. 1 below and check out performances from the Hipnotik Fest here.

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Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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