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Ubunifu Space members. From left to right: , David Osafo, Shay Sade , Monique Touko, Bryan Obonyo and Ian Opolot.

Ubunifu Space Docu-Series Features Riky Rick, Sho Madjozi, Shekinah & More

Ubunifu Space docu-series trailer is narrated by Riky Rick and features cameos from Sho Madjozi, Shekinah, DJ Maphorisa, Moonchild Sanelly and YoungstaCPT.

Ubunifu Space, a popular London-based arts and culture YouTube channel, has released its eight-part docu-series. The series follows the small colourful team touring Africa with the latest episode zoning in on Cape Town, South Africa. It is a must-watch episode which features Cape Town-based rapper, YoungstaCPT, taking the collective on a tour of the mother city. Sho Madjozi, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Maphorisa and Shekinah are additional appearances to watch out for. The brilliant docu-series trailer which captures South Africa's music culture is narrated by rapper, Riky Rick.

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The #UbuOnTour series premiered last year on the 21st of December and recounts Ubunifu Space's first time in South Africa a year ago. The first two episodes focused on Johannesburg's riveting arts and culture scene. The latest fourth episode shows Ubunifu Space sampling Cape Town's music, food, dance and night life culture. The docuseries is filled with South Africa's top music artists who make cameos alongside footage of young South African music and dance aspirants.

Ubunifu Space includes Bryan Obonyo (Kenya) David Osafo and Ian Opolot (Uganda), Monique Touko (Zimbabwe-Cameroon) and Shay Sade (Nigeria).The five make up the collective of Black Africans living in London who were all motivated to cultivate the musical palates of Londoners. Ubunifu Space originally rose to international stardom through their reaction videos which centered music from across the African continent. Their reaction videos have amassed over 40 million views on YouTube and have created a diverse and critical voice for music coming out of Africa. The collective has exposed gqom and amapiano to the world with their reaction video to gqom hit "Omunye" by Distruction Boyz featuring Benny Maverick and Dladla Mshunqisi.

Obonyo, who is the founder and co-host of Ubunifu Space, reflected on the success of the YouTube channel saying:

"Not every reaction channel has the goal of creating a cultural footprint. This showed us that what we're doing is very impactful. This isn't just a reaction video platform. We really can draw links and connections between ourselves and our brothers and sisters on the continent. This is a platform that represents that and showcases those stories."

Watch Ubunifu Space's #UbuOnTour fourth episode below:

#UBUONTOUR Docu-Series EP.4 || Cape Town (Part 2) www.youtube.com

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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