This week’s playlist will focus on the artists who are quietly yet surely making progress in their respective genres, with recent releases of audios and music videos.
We begin our exploration deep Durban’s underground beat movement.
When it comes to the Durban electronic music scene, feverish gqom beats are often the first thought on everybody’s minds, and for good reason too. In recent years the Durban-born genre has reached international heights, but it’s certainly not the only style of music when it comes to South Africa’s Heat City.
Take a look at Durban’s burgeoning underground electronic music scene for example – home to some of the scene’s best-kept secrets, with DJs and producers emerging from bedroom setups and breaking into the small, but dedicated club scene.
Curated by sub wav, compiled and arranged by Micr.Pluto, the new volume of the Subterranean Wavelength series digs deep inside the Durban underground. The compilation features seven original tracks by five of the city’s best electronic producers and acts:
Mashayabhuqe KaMamba returns today with the video for his latest single, “Sun City Flow.” The Digital Maskandi star calls the self-directed visuals an honest performance art piece. “This video highlights some issues crippling the Black Market and tackling Black On Black hate, exploitation and unfavorable circumstances of an indie artist in South Africa,” he writes.
The song “Sun City Flow,” produced by 19-year-old Johannesburg-based up-and-comer G-$TAR BEATZ, revolves around the story of a fictional protagonist by the name of Zamalek Japan, a man persecuted by the mainstream systems for fighting for his art.
Watch the video below:
Back in 2014, when he was 16-years-old, Dotorado Pro burst onto the Portuguese club scene with the track “African Scream,” an infectious synthesis of marimbas, pitched-up vocal samples and a shuffling afro-house beat that became a huge underground hit across Lisbon and has racked up millions of plays on Youtube and Souncloud.
The single led him to sign with Buraka Som Sistema’s record label Enchufada.
Since then, the teenage producer has been releasing a consistent stream of bangers that have reframed the marimba as an instrument made for club dance floors.
The producer takes the wheel in the latest installment of our Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape series, showcasing his deeply Angolan-influenced dance style in a mix that mostly highlights his own creations:
For more music fixes check out our previous playlist.