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An Intimate Look At Young Fathers' South Africa Tour [Photos]

Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers' two-city South Africa tour with LAW, Okmalumkoolkat, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba and more in photos

Photos by Sims Phakisi


Young Fathers were in South Africa last month on a two-city tour hosted by SA beats platform Weheartbeat and Cape Town’s Assembly Radio in partnership with the British Council Connect ZA and Okayafrica. The Scottish / Liberian / Nigerian trio, whose debut album DEAD won them the 2014 Mercury Prize and whose follow-up White Men Are Black Men Too is due out in April on Big Dada, were joined by fellow Edinburgh-based R&B/art-rap musician LAW (Laurn Holt) along the way from Joburg to Cape Town. In addition to putting on a pair of truly out-of-this-world shows at King Kong in JHB (which you can stream in full below) and The Assembly in CT, the group also brought their pop charm to a series of events in Soweto and Red Bull Studios in Cape Town, where they were joined by Digital Maskandi mastermind Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, electro-futuristic producer Card On Spokes and Canadian/South African singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim. As the group gets ready to head out on a full North American tour next month, Weheartbeat co-founder Sims Phakisi has shared with us his intimate photos from Young Fathers' travels in South Africa.

For more from Young Fathers, listen to "Shame" and "Rain Or Shine"– the first two singles off their forthcoming sophomore LP, 'White Men Are Black Men Too' (due out April 7 on Big Dada).

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Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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