Papa Ghana's debut single “I Am An African” blew us away to the extent that we quickly picked the Dutch-raised, Ghanaian-rooted, genre-defying musician as an An African Minute feature. The 23 year-old student and aspiring fashion designer just released the I Am An African Remix Tape, a completely free collection of five remixes created by artists from all over the globe including Chansa, Mo Laudi and L'Afrique Som Systeme. The standout track here though is from NYC’s Fore, who simplifies the original joint’s drum track down to a driving techno rhythm and then unleashes a relentless flow over the top. Grab the full EP below.
God and music are hardly strange bedfellows: some musicians identify themselves as divine vessels, songwriters incorporate religious imagery into their lyrics on a regular basis — and gangsta rappers have been rocking crucifixes for as long as the genre’s been around. A little more unusual, however, is when a group counts "The Creator of All" as a member of the band. But that’s what The Soil believes.
The four-person (one "spiritual" person and three physical) acapella group with members hailing from Soweto makes an original brand of traditional township style music blended with elements of jazz, afropop and afrosoul. The group calls their musical variety Kasi soul – honestly, you can call it whatever you want, but this music feels good. Give it a listen above!