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Video: Monoswezi 'Ndinewe/Xtimela' + 'Hondo'

Zimbabwean traditional music blends with modern jazz to create Monoswezi's blend of soundscapes.

Monoswezi is a collective of musicians drawn from all over the globe: Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe. The band is made up by Hope Masike (voice, mbira, percussion), Calu Tsemane (voice, percussion), Hallvard Godal (saxophone, clarinet), Putte Johander (bass) and Erik Nylander (drums and percussion). Their music blends traditional African rhythms from Zimbabwe and Mozambique with influences from jazz and other contemporary music forms to create a beautiful fusion of soundscapes. The video below captures the band's performance at the World Music Festival in Oslo, Norway, in November and '"Hondo" (below the video) is their most recent single.



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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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