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Australian-Zimbabwean Rapper Tkay Maidza's 'Switch Tape'

Watch Australian-Zimbabwean 18-year-old rapper Tkay Maidza's video for "U-hu" & Bok Bok-produced "Finish Them."


Australian-based, Zimbabwean-born 18-year-old Tkay Maidza jumped on the scene earlier this year with the bubbly "U-Huh," a track that blends her agile raps with an addictive, electronic chorus that could fit on any current pop radio hit. Her style's been justly compared by several outlets to Azealia Banks (minus the drama) — her recent "Finish Them" collaboration with South London producer Bok Bok does carry a similar "212" punch to it. Maidza's just dropped her 18-track debut Switch Tape mixtape which continues her UK club explorations. Stream Switch Tape now via The Fader (full tracklist underneath) and check out the mixtape inclusions "U-Huh" & "Finish Them" below.

SWITCH TAPE TRACKLIST

Tkay Maidza - Always Been (feat. Swick & BOT)

Tkay Maidza - Switch Lanes (feat. Paces)

Tkay Maidza - MOB (prod. Elk)

Tkay Maidza - Finish Them (prod. Bok Bok)

SBTRKT - Everybody Knows (Tkay Maidza Edit)

Tkay Maidza - Brontosaurs feat. Bad Cop (Elk Drum Edit)

Swick and Lewis Cancut - Wishes (feat. Tkay Maidza)

Friend Within - The Monochrome (feat. Tkay Maidza)

Tkay Maidza - Forever (prod. Swick)

Tkay Maidza - Gangsta (prod. Elk)

Carmada (L D R U & Yahtzel) - Give It All (feat. Tkay Maidza)

Kilter - They Say (feat. Tkay Maidza)

Tkay Maidza - U-huh (prod. Elk)

Tkay Maidza - U-huh (Luke Million Remix)

Must Die! - Imprint (feat. Tkay Maidza)

Tkay Maidza -TM (prod. Swick and Lewis Cancut)

Tkay Maidza - Basskick Pump (prod. Swick)

Tkay Maidza - Trouble (prod. Motez)

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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