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Tracka De Day: Africa Hitech "How Does It Make You Feel"


Today's tracka de day comes our way from Africa Hitech, the collaborative and adventurous electronic music project from Steve Spacek and Mark Pritchard. “How Does It Make You Feel,” is their latest effort, a whimsical yet fresh, gritty and kinetic track. The M.O for this duo seems to be to pull together eclectic sounds that "should" clash – modern US and UK electronica and bass sounds, and beats from the West Indies and Africa – yet with these sounds they manage to create a cohesive blend that channels the best of London and Detroit club music. Check it out for yourself.

Africa Hitech - How Does It Make U Feel by Warp Records

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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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