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The EFF has Dropped a New Gqom Track for Their Election Campaign

The gqom track is entitled "Signal" after leader Julius Malema's speech at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral last year.

Aside from long-winded manifestos (that not many read anyway) and attending rallies and marches, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have decided to dabble in the music space and get their supporters jiving as part of their election campaign.


Central to the new track is Julius Malema's infamous speech, at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's funeral last year, that subsequently went viral. Perhaps the most rousing part of the speech was when he said:

"Mama, those who sold you out to the [Apartheid] regime are here. They are crying the loudest more than all of us who cared for you...Can we trust them or should we treat them with suspicion? Give us a sign Mama."

The EFF's new gqom track samples from that same speech and features the singer Ntando Duma and the well-known kwaito group, Alaska. The English and isiZulu lyrics also reiterate the party's calls for free education and increased employment especially of the poor.

South African's national elections are set to take place on the 8th of May this year and are predicted to be the most fiercely contested elections yet.

READ: South African Youth on 2019 Elections: "The ANC can no longer self-correct."

Listen to the new track here.


(Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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On the second anniversary of HHP's passing, we rank 10 of the South African hip-hop legend's best songs.

Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known by his alias HHP, was a pivotal part of South African hip-hop. Renowned for trailblazing the motswako sub-genre in the early 2000s, the rapper sadly passed away on October 24th, 2018 after a long and much publicised bout with depression.

During his active years, which span two decades (from 1997 to 2018), he was instrumental in breaking barriers and bridging the gap between kwaito and hip-hop in SA, from the late 90s to early 2000s.

He became a household name in the 2000s as he spearheaded the motswako movement, propelling it to the mainstream and solidifying his legendary status in the process.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Simmy, Made Kuti, Shane Eagle, Emel Mathlouthi, Amaarae and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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