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Sha Sha’s ‘Themba Lami’ is a FEMME HOUR staple

Sha Sha’s ‘Themba Lami’ is a FEMME HOUR staple that’s best heard on the edge of a seat, gasping. And by being a far cry from the regular contradiction of soulful vocals and a house production served and eaten up at any groove ever, the song paves the way to the promise of a new sound.  Equally yoked, Sha Sha and Ami Faku deliver in a depot fashion, vibes trickling…

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Paintafresco Has Yet to Make A Meaningful Debut

Paintafresco’s ‘Flowers to Graves’ is a melting pot of melodic rap, earnest sentiments, unsubtle motivational speech, and beyond passable lyricism, all lightly seasoned with a dash of that overused infamous trap snare. With so much to vibe with, while pushing everything else around the plate, the song is a good enough plating of emotion. A raspy-voiced broad on the song’s intro claims responsibility for Fresco’s sense of direction, and it…

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An Oversimplification of Love; Selling a Fantasy That People Cannot Stop Buying.

Since the days of being an EmPawa Africa top finalist, Cleo Vimbai Arigondia better known as Cleo Arie has been figuring out how to make her presence in the somewhat saturated Zimbabwean Afro-pop scene more meaningful, and in the process, truly stand out. Here’s what can be said of Cleo without any doubts: she is a formidable vocalist and guitarist; and based on her decision to build on Jah Bless’ momentum…

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Cleo Arie – Jah Bless

Unfortunately, because no one walks around with a giant neon sign reading “good intentions” on their foreheads, we have to think an awful lot about the characters we shake hands with, and the deals we shake over.  Jah Bless sounds like Cleo Arie might’ve been curved once or twice in the industry and beyond, however it is not the story she’s choosing to tell. Over a clean afro production and signature…

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“To Hell With Healing” – Kae Chaps

Kae Chaps adamantly rejects the concept of healing because healing might come at the expense of his craft, then that’s one more thing lost at the hands which once held his heart. His uncompromising vocal prowess comes in deep black obsidian frosted with coagulated bad blood – a suffering of great inspiration. The hype around Gehena is well deserved! The song is a cool and mild condemnation of damnation and…

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TheLastLetter’s 3AM

Most of us are found floating in vehemence at ungodly hours, TheLastLetter’s candid dramatization of events that occur over a 15 minute period (on the same couch) will always be relatable. TheLastLetter’s 3AM is musical proof that to not relive every single second of tragedy is a betrayal to the pain that will always demand to be felt. Her vocals are a velvety fragrance oil (with a sprinkle of grit)…

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Amvis, Its a Vibe

There’s absolutely no way of telling where you are with Amvis, especially when you consider the lack of resemblance between his old sound and the mellow ‘vibes’ he’s now serving up these days. While many things nowadays provoke decidedly mixed reactions, this song only stands as one thing, (for lack of a better word) a vibe. 2013 Amvis definitely has a lot to learn from the future which we now call the present – that experimental sound (Beaming) was never meant to last for extended periods. To explain our acquiescent mood, Vibes is a standard summertime tune that’s just uncomplicated by design. It’s as tonic as it is euphonious – fruity but groovy (especially when you push past the somewhat lackluster vocals). And here’s another category in which he’s deserving…

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