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'Africa Is a Country Radio' Spotlights Cape Town in Latest Episode

Hosted by Chief Boima, the latest episode from 'Africa is a Country Radio' explores Cape Town's vibrant music scene from rapper YoungstaCPT to Cape Malay choral music, jazz and more.

Africa Is a Country Radio has shared its latest episode which puts Cape Town into the spotlight. The theme for the show's current season is port cities. Having explored the Black Atlantic and the Black Indian Ocean in their previous episodes, this latest episode positions Cape Town's history and so-called Cape Malay culture in the middle. The show is hosted by Sierra Leonean-American music producer and managing editor of the publication, Africa Is a Country, Chief Boima and also features two additional guests.

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Interview: ‘The Boom’ Compilation Showcases New Cape Town Talent

The Boom compilation album showcases the talents of Cape Town's emerging hip-hop and R&B artists.

Cape Town's hip-hop scene is teeming with talent. With the likes of Dee Koala, Kashcpt, Soul T, Simulation Rxps and a few others breaking into the rest of the country, what's more exciting than going on the ground and exploring more of the scene? The new compilation album, The Boom, brings the streets to your headphones and lets you in on the city's future stars.

The project consists of 10 songs that are collaborations by a selection of Cape Town's emerging talent—Nqobile Eland, Mvula Drae, TRP Don Gy, Cozmik and several others. Production on The Boom is handled by the likes of Lay-Lay, Mark Akol, GreekGod, Sid The Great, LYRIQ and IllRow.

Gung Ho's self-titled song from The Boom acts as a lead single. In the song's racy visuals, the duo of Nqobile Eland and Siya Sam show that their chemistry goes beyond beats as they back up their assertive proclamations with moves that match.

The Boom is a project facilitated by Mic In Check, a blog dedicated to documenting Cape Town's music scene, especially hip-hop. "Similar to how other regions have breakout sounds like gqom and amapiano that carry with them a group of artists," says Wandile Dumakude, one of the founders of Mic In Check, "'Xhosa Nostra rap' is going to be the next break out sound from Cape Town and many artists will come along with it."

The first installment of what will become an annual venture, The Boom is prevalently hip-hop and R&B, and according to MIC, the album "promotes cultural diversity whilst building unity in the local music industry."

In the interview below, Dumakude gives an inside look into The Boom project and what to expect from the Cape Town scene in the near future.

This interview has been slightly edited for length and clarity.

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