Digital Crates: Jay-Z – The African Way

by | Jan 13, 2014 | Sound | 0 comments


It’s been a while since I shared some of the things I come across when digging crates digitally for music, mixtapes and the like. One that is in high rotation in my world right now is the audio documentary/ remix project by SA DJ, producer, creative director and consultant Papercutt (Thabang Moloto) has put together called Jay Z: The African Way.  Drawing from Jay Z’s American Gangster work in accapella, he has created a mashup with iconic South African and Lesotho music from artists like Sankomota, Miriam Makeba, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Jonas Gwangwa and even Nigerian music legend, Fela Kuti.

I have always wished that more South African artists would draw from the rich musical history that exists by sampling SA music. This project shows how rich that music foundation actually is and what can be done if a little time is taken. This is a must for any mixtape collection. To download, click HERE.


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