Here’s a new dance floor jam from South African star AKA and Nigeria’s Patoranking.
“Special Fi Mi” (or “Special For Me”) catches AKA and Patoranking in a romantic mood as they celebrate their infatuation with a newly found romance.
The single, produced by Nigerian beat maker Gospel, splices in afrobeat saxophones—this one reminds us of Femi Kuti’s sax in “Jaiye Jaiye”—and afrobeats rhythms as AKA and Patoranking serenade their “queens.”
When futuristic Namibian rap trio Black Vulcanite burst onto the southern African hip-hop scene in 2013, they brought with them an air of consciousness that had been missing for some time.
The first track they recorded for the album, “Jupiter’s Love,” is an ode to the ever-elusive “woman of their dreams.”
A timely meditation on protest and revolution in South Africa set in the backdrop of the #FeesMustFall movement, “Umzabalazo” chronicles the country’s student protests through two characters on opposite ends of the South African youth struggle. Both characters are played by Umlilo.
“Umzabalazo” is the fourth single off Umlilo’s Aluta EP. The video that’s out is the first of two parts. An interactive second part is due to launch during Umlilo’s TEdxWomen performance on October 29.
For more music fixes, check out our previous playlist.