uSanele’s New EP ‘Gangular’ Marries Genres Seamlessly

uSanele's new EP features Bongeziwe Mabandla, Stilo Magolide, Thelawayeka and more.

Boyzn Bucks and Spova Gang member and rapper uSanele released a new EP today. Gangular is only four tracks long, and only lasts for 17 minutes. But you'll probably find yourself spending an hour with it. Simply because it's an outstanding body of work that begs you have it on repeat over and over again.


Gangular's biggest strength is how it manages to merge different genres. While that has become a standard in modern popular music, not every artist gets it right. Gangular is one of those instances where everything just works. From the ethereal vocals of folk artist Bongeziwe Mabandla on the project's opening song "Bekezela," to how the MC and his collaborators, 45 Degrees and Windows 2000 own the trap instrumental on "Skellies."

uSanele - Impahl' Edope [Feat. Stilo Magolide & Efelow] (Official Audio) www.youtube.com

"Impahl' Edope," which features Stilo Magolide and Efelow, sees the MCs comfortably share another trap banger with a menacing bassline. The closing song, the club-ready "Bhansela," which features Thelawayeka, is a hybrid of gqom, kwaito and EDM.

With all these different genres mashed up into four songs, Gangular still sounds like a coherent project. There are also smooth transitions in between the songs that indicate the EP is not just a collection of random tracks, but a mini album of some sort.

This might not be the most lyrically potent release you'll hear this year, but it will thoroughly entertain you.

Download Gangular here.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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