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6 Albums You Need To Hear This Week.



Highly anticipated EP by Ghanaian rapper M.anifest, R&S Records and Many Time collaboration compilation, debut EP from South African DJ and producer Doowap and many more to hear this week.

M.anifest – The Gamble

M.anifest - The Gamble EP cover

Ghanaian hip-hop/afrobeat singer and rapper, M.anifest releases his highly anticipated EP titled The Gamble. The groovy 7-track body of work which opens with the title track, “The Gamble” is a reflection of the chances we take on love and life. The project features an array of musical heavyweights such as Grammy-nominated artist Burna Boy, Bayku, Kojey Radical, Worlasi, Moelogo, Simi, and B4bonah, who brought on the best of their vocal skills that contributed to the uniqueness and faultless precision the EP embodies. Listen here

Ecko Bazz & Biga Yut – Tuli Banyo

Ecko Bazz feat Biga Yut hakula

Grimy rap killers from two of Uganda’s finest MC’s, Ecko Bazz & Biga Yut, with production from Nihiloxica’s pq and a remix from a new name, Ekhe, all doing it for Nyege Nyege Tapes’ sister label, Hakuna Kulala. The energy and rudeness of the original recalls early UK grime, with pq’s Mr. Slash-like rhythm held tight for the rambunctious MCs, before Leeds/London’s Ekhe reworks the thing as a grimy stepper with serious hardcore techno intentions. Listen here

DJ Doowap – Mood Swing

DJ Doowap - EP

One of the most highly recommended live mix DJs in South Africa, DJ Doowap launches her debut EP Mood Swings. Khetsiwe Morgan AKA  Doowap is a British-South African radio host (YFM), TV host (One Mic SABC1), hair artist and DJ dabbling in hip-hop, electronic, kwaito and gqom. Recording in English, French and Zulu to convey the message that love is its own language and does indeed connect us all, Doowap’s original productions are full of colour, charisma and coy charm. Listen here

Clipping – The Deep EP

Experimental hip-hop group Clipping’s The Deep is a dark sci-fi tale about the underwater-dwelling descendants of African women thrown off slave ships, based on the mythology of Detroit electronic group Drexciya. Musically, Clipping. are on fine form, sonics chopping and changing in discombobulated fashion across rapper David Diggs’ torpedo-quick delivery. The vinyl and digital versions include two otherwise-unreleased extra tracks–including “Aquacode Databreaks,” which features Shabazz Palaces–and the vinyl edition includes instrumental versions of all three tracks. Listen here.

Various Artists – R&S presents: More Time Records Vol 1

R&S More Time records

R&S Records team up with London-based label More Time for a four-track compilation representing their signature sound of percussion-driven dance music. Headed up by DJs and producers SNØW and Ahadadream, this More Time’s release reflect an international vision marrying the sounds of Ghana, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia, The DRC and South Africa with a rugged UK. The compilation consists of four tracks with rap band from London Bala Bala Boyz, Ghanean artist Bryte and obviously SNØW and Ahadadream. Listen here.

Fireboy DML – Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps

After three elegant singles, the handsome Nigerian releases his first album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, a hip-hop and afropop love story. Freshly  released a few months ago, Fireboy DML climb on the bandwagon and quickly found a first-class seat by joining YBNL, Olamide label, ready to conquer the world with his youthful and fluid flow that provides a breath of fresh air. It’s now time to discover a little more about this first album, Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, in which the lover boy turns his emotions and experiences into music, determined to rally the youth of his generation to his cause. Listen here



“Entertainment Has Salvaged Nigeria From The Negative Status Quo. – Davido



A week ago, media platform and digital agency Melanin Unscripted along with Columbia University's African Students Association hosted none other than Nigerian megastar Davido for a talk entitled "Shaping the Image of Africa Through Music, which focused on the themes in his newly released sophomore album A Good Time as well as "the next frontier of afrobeats."

There was a feeling of pride and excitement as attendees—mostly African students from Columbia, gathered at Columbia University's campus in NYC. The night's two hosts quizzed the audience on Davido trivia, and ran through other Afrobeats-related questions to keep the audience entertained as we awaited the artist's arrival.

Once Davido finally came through—about an hour and a half later—the excitement still hadn't waned. Moderator, Amarachi Nwosu, the founder of Melanin Unscripted, asked the artist a range of questions that touched on the role of social media in helping spread African pop music, using his platform and influence to address social issues in his country—"music has saved Nigeria," the artist remarked—as well as the making of A Good Time. "I just got tired of Americans singing 'If' and 'Fall," the artist joked.

In line with the night's theme, the event was an overall "good time," complete with a fun conversation between Davido and Nwosu that highlighted the artist's humorous side and energetic personality. You can check out the 45-minute conversation in full below courtesy of Melanin Unscripted.
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Cassper Nyovest, AKA, 24 Other Pioneers Inducted Into The South African Hip Hop Museum’s Wall of Fame. – (PHOTOS)



On Thursday night, the South African hip-hop community gathered for a night of celebrating the culture and artform's pioneers and icons. The Hennessy Wall of Fame is the first phase of the South African Hip Hop Museum, which is still under construction.

The Wall of Fame consists of 26 names who have been instrumental in the growth of hip-hop in South Africa, from the likes of Prophets of da City, Godessa and Lance Sterh to younger artists like Cassper Nyovest, Da L.E.S and AKA.

Osmic Menoe, the founder of Ritual Media Group, the company behind the museum, the festival Back To The City and the South African Hip Hop Awards, shared that he felt hip-hop was running the risk of its story not being preserved and told by itself.

Osmic Menoe. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

"It just scared me when meeting the younger generation and when you reference a POC, they were confused," he said in his opening speech during the event at Museum Africa in Newtown, Joburg. "When you tell them that we used to go a place in town called Le Club that opens at 12 when the sun's out and then Le Club closes at six in the afternoon, it sounded very weird because Taboo opens at six and closes the next day at six."

He added:

"So, to me, it made the most sense to say, why don't we preserve the same one's having a good one because it's changed a lot in our lives. It's changed my life. I know it's changed Bionic's life. I know it's changed Kenzhero's life. I can tell you for a fact it changed Vouks' life, [he] even has his own watch nowadays. When you look at people such as, like I say, Cassper, who's extending culture from where people like POC took it in the world tour."

Khomotso Ledwaba, brand manager of Hennessy SA, said during the event:

"Our brand has become synonymous with hip hop culture around the world. Ever since first being uttered on a verse, Hennessy has featured in some 2500 songs and has made an indelible mark on the genre. To date, it's the most mentioned spirit not just in hip hop but in the broader music industry. From collaborations with Rakim, Nas, KAWs, Vhils and Shepard Fairey, to campaigns like the ever-popular Hennessy Artistry, we're deeply committed to hip hop culture. Our Wall of Fame is another way to champion the creatives making waves in the industry."

The Wall of Fame consists of multimedia information about each inductee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The Wall of Fame consists of multimedia information about each inductee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The Wall of Fame will be updated every year, with new names being added. This year's inductees shared heartfelt speeches, with some sharing parts of their backstories in hip-hop. The producer, Thaso told the audience being inducted was "the biggest award of my whole career."

Below are the names of this year's inductees:

1. HHP (Rapper)

2. Pro Kid (Rapper)

3. P.O.C (hip-hop group)

4. Amu (Rapper and producer)

5. Ready D (DJ)

6. Skwatta Kamp (Rap group)

7. Gogga (Graffiti writer)

8. Falco (Graffiti writer)

9. Bionic (DJ and promoter)

10. Battlekat (Producer)

11. Cassper Nyovest (Rapper and promoter)

12. Godessa (Rappers)

13. Tumi (Rapper and record label owner)

14. Watkin Jones (Rapper)

15. Lee Kasumba (Radio hot)

16. Hymphatic Thabs (Rapper)

17. Osmic Menoe (Promoter)

18. Kenzhero (Promoter and DJ)

19. Lance Stehr (Record label owner)

20. AKA (Rapper)

21. Slikour (Rapper)

22.Da Les (Rapper)

23.Proverb (Rapper)

24.Thasso (Producer)

25.Emile YX? (Pioneer)

26.Kwesta (Rapper)

Shameema from Godessa. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.
Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.
Thaso. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.
DJ Bionic. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The South African Hip Hop Museum is still under construction and will be opened in 2020.

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Wizkid Secure Verses From Chronixx, DJ Tunez On His New EP.



Wizkid treats fans to new songs featuring Chronixx, DJ Tunez and more—just ahead of 2020. The Nigerian pop star surprised listeners early this morning with the unannounced release of a new EP, Soundman Vol. 1.

Though Wizkid has released a couple of singles this year, fans had been awaiting a new drop and more extensive project from the artist. With it being so close to the end of the year, it didn't look like we'd get a new body of work from the artist till 2020, but he proved otherwise when he took to Twitter at the wee hours of the morning to quietly share streaming links for the new project.

He also announced that a second EP, Soundman Vol. 2, would drop sometime before his highly-anticipated upcoming album Made In Lagos (MIL).

The new release features Jamaican artist Chronixx, on the opening track 'Jam,' and others including DJ Tunez, Blaq Jerzee and Kel P. It sees the artist delivering a jazzy, highlife-inspired sound with tracks that feature heavy horns and smooth, mid-tempo production.

He released the tracks "Joro" and "Ghetto Love" in October, and that same month he became the first African artist to sell out London's O2 Arena twice.

He's also appeared in several memorable collaborations throughout the year, including "Gbese" with DJ Tunez, "Dis Love" with DJ Spinall and Tiwa Savage, and with Beyoncé, on the hit song "Brown Skin Girl," which earned him a Soul Train award.

Stream album here - Wizkid Soundman Vol 1

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THE AFRICAN GOSPEL REVOLUTION: Who Has Control, The Secular Or The Chosen Generation?



Historians say Christianity is revolutionary or oppressive depending on who is teaching it. There are about 390m Christians in Africa and it is estimated by 2025 that will increase to 600m. Like any religion, music plays an essential part of Christianity. Christians use music to escape the harsh realities of the world, and to glorify the Most High God. Before, gospel musicians in Africa were archaic, but now they are trendy, which is good news. However, there is new threat. Secular artistes tap into the gospel industry strategically to boost sales and popularity.

“E no easy”, from former Nigerian duo, P-square is a classic example. There’s also Timaya’s “Bow Down”, “If E No Be God” by Chidinma, Korede Bello’s “God Win”, “Koko” by Ghanaian rapper EL, “Fada Fada” from Phyno and Shatta Wale’s “My Level”, Kofi Kinaata's "Things Fall Apart". Now, why does the secular rule? The secular artistes have no limitations particularly in terms of lyrical content and music video concepts. A secular artiste can flaunt women, luxury cars, money, and extravagant lifestyle in a concept and just add the phrase associated with God like “Baba God Bless me” then it becomes inspirational.

However, few ones like Darey’s “Pray For Me” are deep and thought provoking, but majority follow a similar trend of celebrating worldly possessions. Most secular artistes simply speak a language the world understands, and since the position of God as Supreme Ruler reflects in other religions, the secular can further expand their territory. Some gospel musicians have attempted to blend both worlds, but unfortunately, they failed to get recognition and in no time, they fade into extinction. All the same Gospel singers such as Soweto Gospel Choir in South Africa, The Joyful Way Incorporated from Ghana, Joe mettle, Nigeria’s Ty Bello, Sinach and a host of others, still hold on to the reins of the Gospel Truth. (Flash Africa)

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