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Fela Kuti: Here’s the best interview about the Afrobeat Legend

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At the age of 58, late Afro Beat icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti had been arrested 200 times, contested for presidency and had married 27 women on the same day but to his manager, Rikki Stein, he remained an enigma and was first and foremost a friend whose bravery and resolve for change remains unrivaled.

Today marks 19 years on since Fela died, and his foremost friend, confidant and manager, Rikki Stein has had his first ever with Pulse.

At the age of 58, late Afro Beat icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti had been arrested 200 times, contested for presidency and had married 27 women on the same day but to his manager, Rikki Stein, he remained an enigma and was first and foremost a friend whose bravery and resolve for change remains unrivaled.

For 15 years, Rikki Stein was Fela’s manager and during this period, he dedicated 15 years of his life towards working with a man whose ghost and message continued to haunt the very walls of ’s corridor of power.

In this Stein revealed how he met the fallen star, some of his unforgettable moments with him and how he came to respect the musical brand and person that Fela stood for. This year marks 19 years since the death of Fela, and according to Riki Stein, the great Abami Eda still keeps him busy.

“It’s because we put up his music worldwide, the catalogue of 50 albums, plus compilations, plus Vinyls. We have a series of Vinyl box sets that we put out, that we invite respected artistes to curate. The first was Questlove from The Roots, the second was Ginger Baker, and the third was Brian Eno, and we are just in the process of asking Erykah Badu to do box 4.”

In an emotional revelation Stein detailed his first encounter with in London, and how they were brought together via chance. The duo hit it off at the first meeting, which was the start of a great relationship which last for over a decade.

“I met Fela first in the back of a Mercedes van, on the M4 Motorway in the UK, lying in the heap of African dancers on our way back from a show. Someboy put on a cassette, and it was sorrow, tears and blood. I had never heard Fela before.”

“I went away and did some research, and I found out some more. Then I met somebody, who knew one of the people that was working with him when he was in London on . At the time I was working on a rainforest festival, and I wanted to invite artistes from all the rainforest countries of the world to come together, plus people that could talk about the issues of deforestation.

“So I put together a proposal because I wanted Fela to join my board of advisers, and also to come play at the festival. I put a leather-bound proposal together. It was in the winter, and I had a hat, a coat and a scarf, and I knocked on the door, and he said ‘come in’.

“…The room was filled with pretty girls, and Fela and his speedos as usual. And I sat down next to him, and I gave him this proposal and he was leafing through the thing, and I was talking into his ear. I can’t remember what I said, but I said something, he spun around and looked at me, and we both started laughing, and we just became friends in that instant.”

Stein also shared details about his work with Fela, recounting how much of a visionary Fela was, and the influence he wielded around the country as a man who fought for the people. He also spoke of Fela’s burial, detailing scenes from the burial day.

On the issue of Fela’s post-death global status, Stein talked about detractors who credit his death for the growth of his music, and his influence. “That’s a wicked thing to say,’ Rikki replied.

He further talked about Fela’s message and how much of it still remains relevant today, due to the unending ills of the society.

Watch the exclusive video above.

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Hitvibes’ Top 10 Hottest Tracks (July)

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In the space of four weeks, a lot has gone down in Mzansi, ranging from music to drama, politics and everything in between.

The golden prize remains on entertainment, as the joy givers did their best to settle scores on the decks and mics throughout the entire month.

What an entire season without some controversy, and serving it hot, we had the likes of taking over, with their knock out issues.

Warming the fronts for good news, a couple of new acts also debuted this month, as we had Nkulee 501, while SOS continued in his quest to dominate.

For this month, while some recorded lows, others had major wins, with their tracks dominating the viral space, taking the trend tables on social media.

On this platform, here are the top 10 tracks that rocked the stage. If you are yet to get familiar with any of the hits, this is a perfect time.

Tracks

  1. Busta 929 – Beke Le Beke Ft. Zuma
  2. Kelvin Momo – Rows Ft. Blissful Sax 
  3. Kabza De Small – Whistle (Amapiano) Ft. Mhaw Keys
  4. Kabza De Small – Batlao Hurda Ft. Lady Du, Young Stunna & Mr JazziQ
  5. Mdu TRP, DBN Gogo, Mellow, Sleazy & Mr Jazziq – Sho
  6. Ntokzin – Sodlala Ft. Sir Trill & Boohle 
  7. De Mthuda – Baleka (Vocal Groove) Ft. Sam Deep & Young Stunna 
  8. Busta 929 & Mpura – Ama Wazawaza Ft. Boohle
  9. Busta 929, Focalistic, Lady Du & Boohle – MALETSATSI
  10. Boohle & Sir Trill – Uthando Lwami (Uzozisola) Ft. Kabza De Small 

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Ntokzin Postpones The Release Date Of His ‘Black Duke Album’

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Just when we thought the main deal was closer than imagined, Ntokzin has announced the sudden postponement of his anticipated “Black Duke Album.”

The project was expected to be released on the 30th of July, 2021; this weekend, but according to the Yanos music hitmaker, it will be postponed till the 13th of August, this year.

In his statement on social media, he mentioned; “I regret to tell you that Black Duke date will be moved to the 13th of August due to changes we want to make on this album. Sorry for any inconvenience.”

Earlier this year, he also teased with the tracklist of another album “Busiswe Album” before replacing that act with this presentation.

Once again, the release is stalled, and this might affect his rating in the game, but nevertheless, he possesses just the right amount of skill to cook up a turnaround when it’s finally released.

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Busta 929 Unveils The ‘Undisputed Vol. 2’ Album Tracklist

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In just a minute, would be all about the buzz from “The Undisputed Vol. 2” , but in the meantime, he teases with the and artwork.

After spending quite some time learning from the best, Busta decided to get on the journey all by himself, and this led to him manifesting heavily this year.

He made the right choice finally emerging as his own boss and with that he began the rage this year with the Undisputed movement, which has birthed the first edition in form of an EP.

Things have been launched into another level as he has embarked on another quest to win the golden status with an upcoming project set to house 10 tracks on a platter with the addition of vocals from , Zuma and others.

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  1. – Yuri Boyka (Ft. Mgiftoz SA & Mpura)
  2. – Siyabulela (Ft. Mgiftoz SA)
  3. Busta 929 – Tobetsa (Main )
  4. Busta 929 – Kokota (Ft. Madam_MC)
  5. Busta 929 – Mswipheni (Ft. )
  6. Busta 929 – Mmapula (Ft. Mzu M)
  7. Busta 929 – Thixo Somandla (Main )
  8. Busta 929 – Gqoz Gqoz (Ft. Mafidzodzo)
  9. Busta 929 – Heartbreakers (Deeper )
  10. Busta 929 – Beke Le Beke (Ft. Zuma)

The project would be down for the expected groove and grind by the 30th of July, 2021. Fingers remain crossed on that one.

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Ntokzin Releases ‘Black Duke’ Album Tracklist

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is well on his way to being crowned a king of his craft, and in that same energy he has teased with the tracklist of the upcoming “Black Duke Album.”

This might as well take over the buzz that has been received so far in the anticipation of the “Busiswe” album that the hitmaker announced its postponement as a result of a few challenges to make it right.

It has taken him a lot of grit to stay active on the decks, and last year he was helped massively by De Mthuda, with whom he launched the “Ace Of Spades” Movement.

Back to the present, he is coming in hot on this project with 21 scorching jams, featuring the likes of , Mdu, Kammu Dee and others actively playing in the Yanos field.

Tracklist:

  1. – Dlala (feat. )
  2. – Pillow Talk (feat. Boohle)
  3. Ntokzin – Ngisize Mdali (feat. Boohle, The Majestiez & Moscow)
  4. Ntokzin – One Day (feat. 2KZA, Moscow, ShotGunFlava)
  5. Ntokzin – Umfazi Wami (feat. X-Mile)
  6. Ntokzin – Manimbona (feat. Just Bheki)
  7. Ntokzin – Khaya Layo (feat. Busi N)
  8. Ntokzin – Steven Seagal (feat. )
  9. Ntokzin – Poppy (feat. ShotGunFlava, El Kaydee, Shavula N & The Majestiez)
  10. Ntokzin – Inombolo (feat. Boohle)
  11. Ntokzin – Ovadoz (feat. Mdu aka TRP & Sir Trill)
  12. Ntokzin – Lotto (feat. ShotGunFlava)
  13. Ntokzin – Bana Ba Skolo (feat. Lady Du & Sir Trill)
  14. Ntokzin – Chesa (feat. ShotGunFlava)
  15. Ntokzin – Ngama Bom (feat. Kammu Dee, ShotGunFlava)
  16. Ntokzin – Iypoko (feat. Mr Miagi)
  17. Ntokzin – Better Days (feat. Sir Trill)
  18. Ntokzin – Mli eWrong (feat. Kammu Dee, ShotGunFlava)
  19. Ntokzin – Ngeke Balinge (feat. Shavula N, ShotGunFlava)
  20. Ntokzin – Sthandwa Sami (feat. Sir Trill & Boohle)
  21. Ntokzin – Kanti Yini (feat. Boohle & Ta Skipper)

According to the mastermind, fans are expected to receive this pack of goodness by the 30th of July, 2021.

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Cassper Nyovest’s ‘Siyathandana’ Video Records 2 Million Views In First Week

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is currently all about celebrating his wins this time around, as he records 2 million views on the “Siyathandana” video.

This is coming in right on time, as he also gets set to launch his sneaker line, done in collaboration with his label, .

The original entry was made perfect through the input of the super talented music producer, and the sensational vocalist known as .

Just a week ago, he was also in high spirits with the release of the “Sweet And Short 2.0 Album” a follow up from the last one with the same title.

His alignment with the universe cannot be contested as the results have been evidently portrayed in diverse forms this season, despite his on and off appearances.

He is currently hoping for more wins from this record, but now, he is celebrating them as they come, retaining his title as one of the legends of SA mainstream music.

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