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Sample South Africa’s Leading Export Music Hits; ‘Omunye’ & ‘Jerusalem’

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DJ’s in Clubs around the world are quickly catching the South African house music fever and at least wont signout without scratching the disks to explode some of the leading hits from the rainbow nation.

“Jerusalema” an electronic dance rhythm by South African producer Master KG featuring the haunting vocals of Nomcebo Zikode, has caught the imagination of fans across the world.

In Kigali alone, virtual dance parties cannot avoid Jerusalem and Omunye songs even when few fans know the meaning of the Zulu words. It is the rhythm that gets you on your feet dancing till you sweat.

During this seemingly unrelenting Covid-19 pandemic, creative minds are churning out loads of music hits that are unprecedented.

Jerusalem song’s official video for the song has been watched 107 million times on YouTube.

A remix of the song was released in July featuring a guest appearance by the Nigerian superstar Burna Boy and the single topped the recently launched UK Afrobeats Singles Chart for two weeks during August.

Master KG has been an emerging star on the South African music scene for the last few years winning awards and recognition from the industry players for his innovative approach to music.

‘Omunye’  By Distruction Boyz

It was dropped into clubs in 2017 . “Omunye phezu komunye” is a Zulu phrase meaning “it’s too packed one was on top of the other.”

However, some SABC radio stations banned the song claiming it was promoting unprotected sex.

Distruction Boyz  group said “any person who thinks this is sexual needs Jesus.” The group’s song was apparently excluded from playlists, despite it being one of the most popular songs in the country.

Distruction Boyz mentor DJ Tira defended the group saying, “Omunye talks about a packed party, not anything dirty. Thank you to radio stations that are playing the song.”

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Uganda’s Zari, Tanzania’s Diamond For Netflix Soon

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Zarinah Hassan, commonly known as Zari Hassan a Ugandan born socialite and Tanzanian artist Naseeb Abdul Juma Issack populaly known by his stage name Diamond Platinumz are scheduled to appear in a Netflix Documentary soon.

Netflix South Africa has announced that the celebrities will appear in a documentary titled ‘Young, Famous & African’ which will start airing in a few days online.

Zari from Uganda has already asked her fans to stay attentive, because they will get to know a lot about them and have fun as well.

“Born in Uganda. Flourishing in Mzansi. Now we’re taking over Netflix! See me bossing it up,” Zari said.

Meanwhile, Diamond will be the second Tanzanian to appear on Netflix after Idris Sultan who appeared on March 26 this year through a film called ‘Slay’ which brought together African stars like Ramsey Nouah, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Simphiwe Ngema, Amanda Du-Pont.

The Netflix network was launched on August 29, 1997 at California in the United States, to date more than 200 million people worldwide have registered as subscribers.

Netflix is available worldwide except in Syria, North Korea and China, Also it has branches in Netherlands, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom, India, Japan and South Korea, South Africa and Nigeria.

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Enjoy My Music, Insult Me, Im Grateful- Diamond Says

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Diamond Platnumz, the Tanzanian Bongo Flava star has responded to his critics that constantly scold him.

Recently a section activists called for his removal from the BET Awards and Diamond says it is their opinion and he respects it.

Diamond made the remarks while attending an event organized by actress Irene Uwoya in honour of her son Krish.

“I respect everyone’s opinion, when someone enjoys my music, insults me, all I say is that I’m grateful,” said Diamond on Wasafi TV.

Diamond who has not released songs for more than six months now, has been one of the most trending topics in the music industry.

Since he was nominated to vie for the Best International act, an online campaign was launched against the artist to be removed for his involvement in politics.

Opponents of the artist through social media are alleged to have done so in order to express their feelings due to the artist’s support for the ruling party CCM.

The artist has promised to address the issue regarding the petition in the next few days.

He says he has not taken it personally.

“Do not hate someone who says something bad about you, you never know, don’t let that anger get the better of you, tomorrow he might regret it and apologize to you,” said Diamond.

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Jamaica’s Producer DJ Kemmo To Transform Dancehall Music

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Producer DJ Kemmo said he hopes to bring a change to the area of dancehall music production.

“I saw where the authenticity of the genre is lacking. I saw an area of opportunity for change and I felt like the spice that I add to the scene can make a difference.

Dancehall needs more of its original flavour and that’s the direction I want to take music with my production skills,” DJ Kemmo told the Jamaica Observer.

“I believe music is my true calling because I decided to get into music at a very young age. Music has always been something that I have been passionate about and to be a music producer you must be confident in yourself and your work. I find it amazing that I learn something new about producing every day. I also have to adapt to emerging genres and musical styles and those are a few of the reasons why I got into music production,” he continued.

Born in Cornwall Barracks in Portland, for the past four years he has resided in Orlando, Florida. He recently released the song She Gone featuring deejay G-Statik.

“The song has been doing well on the underground dancehall scene here in Florida. I am pleased with the reception that it has so far received,” he said.

One of his biggest hits is Exotic by deejay Korexx. The song has so far racked up more than 9,000,000 views on YouTube since its release five months ago.

Said DJ Kemmo, “I knew Exotic would’ve been a hit song and that it would’ve gotten the attention from the public because of the creativity of lyrics and the visual content.”

He has worked with artistes including Drizzy Fade, Hot Frass, CMR and Laden. DJ Kemmo released the Mello Vibez rhythm album during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Getting the music heard in the streets and in dancehall is harder than what it used to be so that kind of affected the album, but I’m willing to adjust myself to work with the new social media wave just as everyone is doing now,” he shared.

Born Kemoy Lewis, DJ Kemmo has been working to establish himself in the music business for over a decade.

He first tested the waters as a disc jockey in Port Antonio. Along with some of his friends, he made the transition into music production by turning a back room of a shop into a recording studio.

“I remember when me, DJ Barunga, DJ Free and DJ Dalla Coin used to lock up in Paulette shop in the back and put sponge in the windows so when we record a song no air would come through in the building,” DJ Kemmo reminisced. He also credits King Nose I for introducing him to music.

“I had to work very hard for someone to hear the name DJ Kemmo. I use to upload music on YouTube just like Akam Entertainment and Crush Road with my DJ Kemmo tag in them just to spread the name and the brand. I also tried vlogging at one point. I have built my career from the ground up to where it is now even though I have a long list of accomplishments to tackle.”

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