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Young Fathers Shake The Walls Live At KEXP

Young Fathers gives KEXP an intimate performance of their February-released LP 'DEAD'.


Edinburgh-based Young Fathers gave Seattle station KEXP an intimate performance of five tracks from their February-released debut LP DEAD. The art-rock/rap trio (composed of Liberian-born Alloysious, Nigerian-bred Kayus, and beatsmith Graham Hasting) shook the radio-station’s walls with their blend of heavy synths, electronic trills, booming drums and crisp vocals — a complex sound that finds its way under your skin. In the session, the trio speak of their early beginnings, meeting at the age of fourteen in Edinburgh’s underage music scene. Since then, YF have spent over a decade experimenting musically, their sonic evolution documented over 2 EPs (Tape One and Tape Two) and the recently released DEAD. Watch Young Fathers' passionate performance below and check out the Africa in Your Earbuds mixtape they put together.

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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 Ethic's 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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