The Side Eye: It's Never Too Late - "YES, WE KNOW IT'S M-F'ing XMAS!!!!"

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Our year end (maybe) side eye, perhaps the side eye with the longest glance (we can look back over 28 years ago!), goes to Bob Geldof's well meaning but incredibly patronizing song "Do They Know It's Christmas" which was released through Band Aid in 1984 to raise money on behalf of the famine that raged in Ethiopia from 1983-1985.

Now Plaster Cast (get it? get it??), a group of unemployed South African musicians, have a message of their own to deliver back to Geldof: "Yes We Do."

According to Hayibo, the musicians praised Geldof’s relentless quest for an answer, and said they hoped their collaboration would free the Irishman and his friends to start looking for solutions to new and more important questions such as the following: "Like Do they know about climate change in America? Or did Kim Jong-il have time to write down the abort codes for the nukes before he died? Or perhaps he can revert to the time-honored classic – ‘Tell me why I don’t like Mondays.”

Plaster Cast also hopes that this song will now make them experts on British politics, in the same vein that Bono is now an expert on Africa given his involvement in the song.

For more spot-on son'ing, check the original article from which we can just merely plagiarize the hilarity.

Merry Xmas Everyone!!!!!!


7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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