Music

Listen to ‘Outcast’ by The Big Hash, Flame and A-Reece

New banger from Cap City's new wave.

Three of Pretoria's hottest, promising newcomer The Big Hash and members of The Wrecking Crew, Flame and A-Reece deliver a banger. "Outcast" is delivered over a minimalistic instrumental with shattering 808s and thick bassline.


The song displays the versatility of the new wave of Cap City, as all three artists showcase their personalities and unique artist traits.

The Big Hash has been on a roll this year. From releasing two EPs—The Life + Times of a Teenage Influence and The Big Hash Theory, to dropping a song with Riky Rick, who has taken he young MC under his wing. Hash also dropped the outstanding "Palm Trees," a hit prospect which features Family Tree's Tshego.

Listen to "Outcast" below, and download it here.

The Big Hash – Outcast ft. A-Reece & Flame www.youtube.com


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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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