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Umlilo and Sean K. Photography by Jono Kay, Stuart Hendricks.

Watch Umlilo & Sean K's Video For ‘Emoyeni’

South Africa and Namibia connect on "Emoyeni."

In their collaborative song, "Emoyeni," Umlilo and Sean K sing about the changing of the seasons and it coming with a change in one's life.


In the video, which is directed by Jono Kay, the artists can be seen in rehearsals, studios sessions and flights. The visual documents a project titled Press Play: Shapeshifters, in which the two artists and the producer of the song, Yogin Sullaphen, came together to make music and perform in Johannesburg (Tennis Club) and Windhoek (The Loft).

Watch the music video below and stream "Emoyeni" underneath.


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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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