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Thabang Tabane’s Latest Music Video Unscrambles the Order of Apartheid Era Films to Tell a New Story

Watch Thabang Tabane's latest music video for "Nyanda Yeni."

South African Malombo percussionist, Thabang Tabane's latest single, "Nyanda Yeni," features Sibusile Xaba on guitar, Dennis Moanganei Magagula on percussion and Thulani Ntuli on bass guitar. The song plays out like a loop of all these musical elements.


Its video, which is directed and edited by StraitJacket Tailor, compliments this looping. Footage from Apartheid era South African movies and TV shows, are chopped, screwed and unscrambled into an order that give them a new meaning. Some of the footage moves back and forth, just like the music it's playing along to.

Most of these movies, from the 1950s, portrayed black people as coons who were ignorant and only good for entertaining and serving white people. The video is a montage of clips from that era, but playing in a different order to tell a new story, which is open to your own interpretation.

Thabang's father, the legendary Dr. Philip Tabane, who died in May of this year, makes a posthumous appearance in the video. There are some clips of performances incorporated into it.

"Nyanda Yeni" is the first single to Tabane's upcoming debut album titled Matjale, releasing September 14 on the indie label Mushroom Hour Half Hour.

Watch the music video for "Nyanda Yeni" below and stream the single underneath.




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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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