Keep up with the latest music and video releases of the moment on the continent with this run-down from a variety of artists producing quality material.
We start off with a a sporadic, bass-heavy production from Cape Town native Damascvs (aka Luca Stefano) who shares visuals for his latest track “Sogan Brashni”. The two-and-a-half minute music video is carried by an assemblage of zombie-like, fake-blood splattered hands eerily fluttering along to the song’s infectious tune.
Damascvs describes the self-directed video, shot by photographer Adam Kent Weist, as “a combination of powerful imagery and soul shaking percussion, inspired by the low budget shock imagery of Giallo cinema.”
Watch the spooky video below:
Next up we have the Nigerian twins (no, not P-Square) Taiwo and Kehinde Hassan of Christian Rich with their unique flair and range of skills in hip-hop and house production work.
“We moved from Chicago to Nigeria at four years old. A neighborhood that was different from Chicago. Not having any friends over there, we had to stick together and we got used to that. So before we branch out to others, we start with each other. Even as musicians, we work with other people outside of each other, but it always initially starts with us together. So that symmetry, that alliance, has obviously helped us get to this point.”
Listen to their latest club track, “Compromise” below:
Finally, the star producer, DJ and lead ambassador of South African house music Black Coffee has released an extensive 3-hour set for Mixmag Live. The Durban-born beatsmith, who will be on the cover of the next Mixmag issue, held down the sold-out night in East London’s Village Underground.
London’s not the only stop for Black Coffee this summer, if you’re in Boston catch the South African DJ at the upcoming AfrikCan festival alongside Wizkid, Alpha Blondy, Angélique Kidjo, DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu), Jidenna, and many others.
Listen to the mix below:
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