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Niniola flexes her versatility muscle with ‘Colours and Sounds’

Coming off the massive success of her debut album, This is Me, which featured her 2017 summer smash hit single, “Maradona”, Niniola has catapulted to international stardom. The song would later be interpolated by Beyonce on the Grammy-nominated song, “Find Your Way”, that was part of the Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. Now, Niniola returns…

‘PICÓ: Un parlante de África en América’ | sound system cultures as sites of sonic resistance

Picós [have] served as communal entertainment for Colombians in coastal areas, where a majority of the country’s black population lives. The culture of the sound systems have always embraced and promoted African music and, as FACT Mag points out, ‘played a vital role in building a collective diasporan identity for many Afro-Colombians living in a…

The emancipatory power and history of hip-hop

Black history is as rich and vibrant as its subjects are. Much of its richness and vibrancy, can be drawn back to the knowledge that Africans are not a monolithic people. With enslaved African people kidnapped from various groupings of people from the Biafara, to the Mende and the Jola. As a result of these…

DJ Lag and the reinvention of Gqom

So much has changed for DJ Lag and for the sound of Gqom. The Clermont-born producer has been able to travel the world and collaborate with pop mainstream royalty thanks to the explosion of the genre. However, despite the changes happening in his professional circumference and within the music landscape, DJ Lag’s artistic integrity remains…

xSipping’s Nguni energy is a proudly local sound

With the release of his debut album, Umthala, Orlando East based producer xSipping is introducing the sound he has dubbed nguni energy to the world. Having begun producing in 2008 when a friend gave him a copy of the production software Fruity Loops, his early efforts were experimental featuring indigenous sonic and hip hop elements….