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Tinie Tempah Throws A Dance Party In The Streets Of Cape Town For ‘Girls Like’

Tinie Tempah heads down to South Africa video for “Girls Like” featuring Zara Larsson.

Still from "Girls Like."


London rap star Tinie Tempah heads down to South Africa in the video for his new club single “Girls Like” featuring Zara Larsson.

The clip follows Tinie to a street party in Cape Town where he’s joined by a sharply-dressed crew of dancers who show off their crisp moves while the rapper spits signature puns like “Tell J.K. that I’m still rolling, tell Russell I’m a brand.”

The London MC’s spoken about the influence of South African house music on his current musical output. “Africa is part of my heritage and this video shows me and aspects of my world in a way that I have never done before,” Tinie Tempah tells Noisey. “I’m really inspired by South African house music at present, and this video represents that very authentically with plenty of dancing and loads of really cool moves.”

Watch Tinie Tempah's “Girls Like” video below. In related news, a photo of Tinie Tempah alongside a bread seller in Lagos recently sparked a revisit to the slum tourism debate.

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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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