Hear The World: Bongo Maffin from S.Africa and Oliver Mtukudzi & The Black Spirits from Zimbabwe

The South African band Bongo Maffin plays kwaito music, the party and dance music of the black youth from the townships. It is an urban sound in which house, rap, hip hop, reggae, gospel and R&B are mixed with different South African styles. The lyrics are light-hearted and about love and peace rather than political and social problems.

For decades Oliver Mtukudzi with his backing group The Black Spirits has been one of Zimbabwe’s most popular artists. You can hear a wonderful mixture of Zimbabwean and South African styles as well as Western pop in his dance grooves. The social issues he highlights in his lyrics time and time again have an air of hope and optimism.

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