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Watch The Music Video For Yugen Blakrok’s Latest Single ‘Carbon Form’

Yugen Blakrok releases a music video for her first single to her upcoming album.

About two weeks ago, South African rapper Yugen Blakrok released her first single in five years, following her debut album, 2013's Return of the Astrogoth.

The new single, titled "Carbon Form," is the first single to her upcoming follow-up album, Anima Mysterium.

The music video shows Yugen Blakrok owning the different spaces she occupies, with subtle yet effective effects.

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"Filmed during the 'Emancipation' exhibition at Couvent Levat in Marseille this past summer, the visuals connect different states of being," Yugen told All Hip Hop about the video. "The Carbon Form is seen moving through Nature, at the center of the religion vs science debate and in its element, space. The video is directed by street artist Gaël Lefeuvre and shot by Psymedia."

Watch the music video below and download the song here.

Yugen Blakrok - Carbon Form youtu.be

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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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