In this week selection: David Walters’ electro-creole 2.0 album, Gqom Oh! compilation dedicated to the prodigy Citizen Boy, new long-format opus by the one and only Lil Wayne and more to hear this week.
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From Avoca Hills to the World
Citizen Boy & Mafia Boyz
Gqom Oh! label dedicates its 11th release to young South African producer Citizen Boy with 13 tracks produced between 2013 and 2019. Founding member of the Boyz Mafia and now active member of Gqom Oh!, Citizen Boy is a staple of Durban and South Africa’s electronic music scene. Influenced by house and kwaito, Citizen Boy draws inspiration from Zulu cultures to create a dark, raw and minimalist sound personality. Celebrating both the debut of the label and the kids of Avoca Hills, this mixtape contains seven classics and six new tracks. It’s an opportunity to return to the source while ensuring their primary mission; expose the Durban sound to an international audience.
LÉVE LÉVE sounds 70s-80s
The album unravels a story of liberation where the music of Africa, Europe and the Americas unify with a carefree spirit personified by a phrase the islanders use all the time: ‘léve, léve’ (‘take it easy’). From the mid-1970s, coinciding with independence from Portugal in 1975, the islands’ groups featured an even stronger African influence and nowhere was that more apparent than with Africa Negra. This compilation shows how much São Tome & Principe has in common with other Lusophone countries and boasts a richly complex and idiosyncratic musical DNA.