Born Free: The Hip Hop Scene In South Africa

shockwebpic_bornfree_africanhiphopIn recent years a new generation of hip hop artists has emerged in South Africa, who are taking it back to the roots and celebrating the many cultures that surrounded them growing up in the townships. They are reshaping the sense of identity of South Africa’s youth and expressing what it means to be born free.

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► Black Coffee – Come With Me Feat. M.Que

shockwebpic_blackcoffee_comewithmeSouth African House DJ, Black Coffee, enlists Johannesburg vocalist M.Que and a couple of New York City dance collectives for his latest single ‘Come With Me’.

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► Fantasma – Eye Of The Sun

shockwebpic_fantasma_eyeofthesunEye Of The Sun is the title track from Fantasma’s new EP of the same name which also features Moonchild and is directed by Travys Owen.

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► Okmalumkoolkat – Holy Oxygen

shockwebpic_Okmalumkoolkat_HolyOxygenPeep this Afrofuturistic themed video from Johannesburg’s Okmalumkoolkat aka Smiso Zwane directed by Wim Steytler. Okmalumkoolkat is also half of the rap/electronic duo Dirty Paraffin though this track is from his recent solo EP Holy Oxygen I.

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► Black Coffee Featuring Toshi – Buya

shockleewebpic_blackcoffeebuyaYou may have missed this deep house winner from rising DJ/producer Black Coffee out of Johannesburg. The song is off of his album ‘Africa Rising’ currently out on Soulistic Music and features radiant vocals by Buya.

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Real Scenes: Johannesburg – South Africa’s Thriving House Scene

Real Scenes Johannesburg documents South Africa’s thriving house scene in this beautifully shot short featuring Joburg’s local DJ and producer heroes; Black Coffee, Culoe de Song, Jullian Gomes, Oskido and the Black Motion crew to name a few.

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