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Audio: Synik 'Marching as One'

Zimbabwean emcee Synik Marching As One, a pro-freedom anthem featuring Outspoken.


“Criminal syndicates killing civilians, millions perishing, billions in minerals for a few people to benefit/Ending terror is cool but first end the hypocrisy/justifying wars saying you promote democracy/my people’s poverty is a man-made condition” Zimbabwean emcee Synik echoes the disillisionment of the times on "Marching as One," a pro-freedom anthem featuring Outspoken. Find the single on his debut full-length Syn City, which you can grab for free.

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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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