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Tosa Dian Echo’s ‘The Grow To Black Collective’

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“Laone Thekiso began the Grow to Black Collective in Gaborone, Botswana in 2019 with no permanent members. His vision was to explore music with different musicians and diverse, shifting creative inputs – much like the spiraling winds that sweep the surface of the planet for which the project is named.

The planet Tosa (Jupiter) represents the spiritual desire for exploration and Dia is one of her moons. This offering by the Grow to Black Collective is an exploration of composition, genre and sound, an undulating journey through frequency. The musical arc of Tosa: Dian Echo is an experimental blend of meditative riffs and cheeky bass; it includes elements of Bossa Nova and Afro-Jazz, blended with a moody sax and a sometimes-playful piano. 

The album conjures another world; it provides an environment for thoughts to unfurl. One remains grounded in the familiar and is also projected into yet-to-be-discovered psychic landscapes; winds swirl across Tosa’s surface, sometimes calm, at other times tempestuous. There is a push and pull between the chords. The compositions unfold like Dia, caught in Tosa’s gravitational field, dancing around the planet, free but held tightly within her orbit. We are reminded of our temporal nature, that we are held tenuously in place by the force that weaves together the entire universe – by miraculous chance, with stubborn purpose”. 

– N. Chukura

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NEW MUSIC from KX Legit – Jikeleza (Down Bad)

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Jikeleza (Down Bad), the infectious new banger by KX Legit, is here to turn your playlists upside down (just like your heart!). This genre-bending track fuses hot Afrobeats with smooth Hip-Hop grooves, featuring a driving bass, infectious percussion, and the mesmerizing sounds of the marimba.

But Jikeleza is more than just a vibe.  It’s a story we can all relate to.  You’ve chased your dreams, hustled hard, and finally achieved that “success” you always prayed for.  Except, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. The pressure, the negativity, the constant grind – it’s taking its toll.  And on top of it all, your ride-or-die is pulling away, exactly when you need them most.  Jikeleza is a desperate plea for love and support, a raw call to your significant other to be your rock during this storm.

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New music from One Take 267 with ‘Morning Smoke’ before “Drive By” singles

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Always an enjoyable listen when the homie One Take 267 drops new music, He’s got got some ‘Morning Smoke’ before “Drive By”

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Veezo View & Ban-T “Off The Vapors 2” Deluxe has been reloaded

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The boys haven’t rested on their collaborative project from 2023. Instead, they are breathing new life into it with four new songs. This ensures that Veezo View & Ban-T’s ‘Off The Vapors 2’ Deluxe gets and gives them extra run. The new tracks, including ‘Scoota’, ‘Ey Wen’, and ‘NGSM’, sound fresh and had me listening back to other hits on the project, such as ‘Baracuda’, ‘HennyIceTea’, ‘Bounty’, and others. Stream the new project here.

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