Mpumelelo Mcata, one of South Africa’s leading artists and cultural activists, asks: ‘What is Black Guilt? I’ve often asked myself, why can’t artist Kudzanai Chiurai be free to just paint flowers or some shit…?’ The answer comes in the form of the directors’ first feature, Black President. Premiered at the Berlinale earlier this year, the film […]
Congolese-Angolan producer and Noirwave originator Petite Noir shares the mesmerizing new video for “La Vie Est Belle/ Life is Beautiful,” the title track from his debut album featuring Congolese-Belgian MC Baloji. The nearly 5-minute video takes place in a hyperreal virtual realm where Noir can be seen in an array of vivid digital spaces, bedecked in multicolored designs and formations.
“With this video, I wanted […]
Gqom is a South African house genre that’s taking the coastal town of Durban by storm. In The FADER back in 2013, Jumping Back Slash described it as “a more broken sound, a lot more minimal than normal SA house and rarely four to the floor, it’s a raw sound.” Now that the genre is gaining […]
London-Nairobi’s Owiny Sigoma Band, a revolving collective formed by Western Kenyan musicians and UK artists, come through with “Changaa Attack,” the new single off their forthcoming third album Nyanza. Recorded in percussionist Charles Owoko and nyatiti player Joseph Nyamungu‘s home of Nyanza Province, Owiny Sigoma Band’s new full-length LP seeks to explore the intricacies of Luo music.
The hypnotizing “Changaa Attack” — named after the potent Kenyan homebrew ‘changaa’ […]
‘Future Sound of Mzansi’ is Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba’s powerful new documentary about South African electronic music. Part one introduces the new sounds coming out of the townships and urban areas of cities like Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. It becomes abundantly clear that regionalism is extremely important in the development of genres like […]
“Desert Blues”, the usual tag for Saharan Tuareg bands like Terakaft and Tinariwen, doesn’t do justice to their diversity. On their last album, Kel Tamasheq, and this fifth offering, Terakaft have stretched into new sonic territory, helped by the deft production of Justin Adams. The familiar handclaps, drones and sinuous guitar lines are all present, […]
Mingiedi Mawangu passed away last night, in Kinshasa. He was 85. He founded Konono No.1 in the 1960s and invented his own electrified likembe, which gave Konono No.1 its distinctive sound. He led the band and toured with them until a few years ago. He will be dearly missed by his son Augustin and the rest of […]