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  • UNITED States Of AFRICA: A Blueprint

    The United States of Africa is a proposed concept for a federation of some or all of the 55 sovereign states on the African continent. The concept takes its origin from Marcus Garvey’s 1924 poem, Hail, United States of Africa. The concept then became synonymous with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as he worked tirelessly to see it come to life. What he envisioned for Africa as a federation is blueprinted in how he transformed the desert of Libya into a wealthy and food rich country that put the colonial powers in so much envy that they plotted to destroy it too like the many other great African nations that came before it.
    Muammar Gaddafi’s prophecy – “I will not go into exile to any foreign country. I was born here in Libya, and I will die here. This country was a desert, and I turned it into a forest, where everything can grow.
    No one loves this land more than its citizens. If Europe and America tell you that they love you, be careful. They love the wealth of your land. The oil and not the people. They are helping you to fight against me but, it would be wiser for you to fight against them because they are fighting against your future and progress.
    My message to you the people of Libya is, they are helping you to kill me but you will pay the price because you will suffer. And my message to you America and Europe is, you will kill me, but be ready to fight a never ending terrorism.
    Before you realise your ignorance, terrorists will be hitting you at your doorstep.”
    Muammar Gaddafi only erred openly when he once told the Nigerian and British governments to divide Nigeria into two, so that the Hausa/Fulani (Moslems), Yoruba (Christians) and Biafrans/Igbo, can live as neighbouring countries but even that it was born from best intentions.
    It’s good we look at these sixteen pointers that may point to the real reasons why the Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was killed and to help us introspect as to who’s team we Africans are really playing for. A statement like the one above made by the colonel is honestly not worth being assassinated for in the free world.
    • There is no electricity bill in Libya, electricity is free for all its citizens.
    • There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens are at a 0% interest by law.
    • Home is considered a human right in Libya. Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home.
    • All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinars (US$50,000) from the government to buy their first apartment.
    • Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi, only 25% of Libyans were literates. Today, the figure stands at 83%.
    • Libyans taking up farming as a career, they received farm land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all for free.
    • If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they needed in Libya, the government funded them to go abroad for it.
    • In Gaddafi’s Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
    • The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per litre.
    • Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
    • If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
    • A portion of Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
    • A mother who gave birth to a child under Gaddafi received US $5,000 as child benefit upfront.
    • 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15 Cents.
    • 25% of Libyans have a university degree.
    • Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River Project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
    If this is called “Dictatorship”, I wonder what type of Leadership Democrats have!! The pointers above only represent the Colonel’s Libya.
    One Mahommed, a 31-year-old Libyan spoke words that largely resonated with the general feeling in his country. He said, “I joined the revolution in the first days and fought against Gaddafi. Before 2011, I hated Gaddafi more than anyone. But now, life is much, much harder, and I have become his biggest fan.” The country has seen a five-fold increase in the cost of food, unpaid salaries for months, the rise of Islamic State terror and worsening electricity blackouts. – African Exponent.
    Former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, who was the 2009 Chairperson of the African Union (AU), advanced the idea of a United States of Africa at two regional African summits: first in June 2007 in Conakry, Guinea, and again in February 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Gaddafi had previously pushed for its creation at a 2000 summit in Lomé, Togo, having described the AU as a failure on a number of occasions; Gaddafi asserted that only a true pan-African state can provide stability and wealth to Africa. The colonel is dead now but it is quite clear that in his absence that Africans realizing the dream of a united Africa is the only solace for the blacknation; he could only manage a blueprint of how to improve the living conditions of his fellow countrymen that he left behind.
  • Sjava’s Isina Muva Goes Gold

    After celebrating a year of release to the debut album Isina Muva, we are proud to announce that Sjava has reached Gold in album sales. He celebrates by releasing a deluxe version of the album titled Isina Muva: Gold Deluxe. The album hit #1 on iTunes on its first day of release.

    The deluxe version consists of the smash hit single “Ngempela” featuring DJ Maphorisa and Howard which has become a chart topper and now has visuals which debuted on SABC 1 Live Amp on Friday. The album has an additional feature from the twelve (12) time award winning artist Emtee on a song titled “December” as well as a second track titled “Impilo” as a bonus track. The song speaks on an issue which has brought national attention after the death of Karabo Mokoena titled “Impilo” produced by Mfanafuthi “Ruff” Nkosi.

    The album is inspired by Sjava’s long-lived passion for Maskandi and umBhaqanga music to fuse his sound.

    Complementing the album on production is the talented producer “Ruff”, whom is currently known for creating the award-winning hits for Emtee. “I’m humbled and feeling very blessed to have realised my dreams within the music industry. This album release is the beginning of great things to come. I have an awesome team at Ambitiouz Entertainment and I look forward to sharing the music with the fans”.

    Get “Isina Muva” now on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/isina-muva-gold-deluxe/id1261912852

  • Jameson Winner: Morena Leraba x Mankind x Trap Funk & Alivio: IMPEPHO

    Sine Metu‘ meaning ‘Without Fear’ is the Jameson family motto, awarded for their bravery in battling pirates back in the 1500s. This motto was the inspiration for John’s move to Dublin to make his mark (and his whiskey).

    WITHOUT FEAR – Instilled within his being; Mankind; our very own Blacknation Music artist teamed up with the Brazilians Trap Funk & Alivio the Lesotho musical shepherd Morena Leraba to produce an intercontinental sound that leaves everybody in awe. It has always been our vision at Blacknation to align ourselves and collaborate with winners – only winners and this announcement serves to ascertain just that.

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    THE SONG.

    It is the creative brilliance of Carl Houston Mc Millan that produced the winning visuals for the

    THE CONCEPT:

    The video is a visual exploration and celebration of Basotho shepherd culture in the highlands of Lesotho pairing and slightly it with the ever-evolving hip-hop street culture of a Johannesburg based trend setter.

    To be shot on location, the music video will take us to the heart of Lesotho, where the sun rises to reveal a barren mountainous landscape. On this particular day, a clay hut is burning. Smoke peels out. Flames erupt. A group of Basotho shepherds watch, proudly. They’re dressed in signature grey blankets, customised balaclavas, handmade jewellery. Some are holding dogs, others have livestock on their shoulders.

    CRYSTAL BIRCH

    Then the shepherds head to a dirt racing track. Against this surreal mountain backdrop, a local horse race is about to start. More and more shepherds gather in the icy wind. Money is being passed around, bets are being placed. Horses are checked; teeth, hooves, legs. Jockeys get ready. They line up. The atmosphere intensifies.

    The signal goes. A thunderous sound. Muscles bulge, there’s dust everywhere. The shepherds cheer, walking sticks raised in celebration.

    As the sun sets and the sky turns pink the shepherds find a tavern, where a group of flashy visitors from the city arrive. They seem out of place, territorial. A dance battle ensues. The visitors perform series of energetic break dance moves. Unimpressed, the shepherds respond with a traditional Sesotho dance. They simply move their chests to the beat, majestically. Thump, thump.

    CRYSTAL BIRCH

    Exploring the tensions between rural and urban, traditional and modern, African and Western, the music video will offer a refreshing and honest look into an authentically African subculture that’s seemingly survived external influences.

    We look forward to working with this wonderful crew of winners to bring this concept to life, more so to watch the world receives it.d

  • Palm Tree Paradise: #LessIsMore

    PalmTree Paradise presents to its listeners a new groove to chase out the winter. At a time when the entire Hip Hop industry locally and internationally are releasing up-tempo music for the summer party season #LessIsMore provides something for those who appreciate lyricism and good music. Having done a national tour where they got the opportunity to expand and introduce their brand of Hip Hop to the people of Mzansi; the group has experienced some of the many reality checks and tough challenges that come with being an upcoming musician, the guys have a lot to get off their chests. #LessIsMore allows the boys to do this to a super catchy almost jazzy rhythm which allows them to take their fans on a journey through their experiences in the music industry since their first release. As much as #LessIsMore emits positive vibes from the moment you press play, deeper topics are explored by the boys as can be expected of the rollercoaster which is the entertainment industry.

    The recent success of PalmTree Paradise has also been met with as much disappointment as explained by Pdogg Amazing, Captain Hook, Sydrow & June Blackheart in their verses. True to form, Row Shotgun provides a squeaky clean instrumental which allows each artist to serenade the listener with the best Durban has to offer as well as a nostalgic baseline that gets even grandpa dancing. As can be expected from any PalmTree Paradise release the song is a statement. Through all that the guys have been through together, they have learnt to trust and rely on each other above all. This is the message which they intend to spread. In a nutshell, always appreciate the people who are loyal to you, they’ll always have your back. This is the code we live by, this is how we overcome all obstacles, it’s a way of life in PalmTree Paradise #LessIsMore.

    Facebook: Palm Tree Paradise Twitter: @Palmtree_ZA Instagram: @Palmtree_ZA Soundcloud: @Palmtree_ZA

  • LASTA: ALIVE

     We recently got to chat to Lasta about the video release to her single – Alive
    “My silence has been due to various reasons, I am not just a musician but also a filmmaker I have been busy with a few projects in Film.”
    Lasta is no stranger to the politics of  the South African music industry; she too has struggled to get her single – Alive submitted to Commercial radio stations. She’s been receiving so much support from Online and Indie stations from all over the world though; this only proves that talent lives beyond borders.
    “Music has been a passion my whole life but I never had an actual plan until I joined Neo Revolt” Working with Freddie van Dango gave her the inspiration to want to develop her own sound and the inspiration has been going from strength to strength.
    Since parting ways with Neo Revolt her style has been to recreate her own version of Neo Electronica sounds infused with some Zulu flavour. It has been a challenge but she has been consistently working on the music.
    “I see myself as an audio visual artist, the plan is to exhibit the project as audio visual.”
    Getting into the music industry she told us how she couldn’t anticipate how it would be as a professional musician and she doesn’t have any formal music background so she learned a lot by making this happen for yourself.
    “We released the Video for Alive after some time since the single release because I work with a great team of perfectionist just like me. I am in a studio at the moment completing the project.”
    She and her team will be dropping the second single Jumjanji very soon, “it will be a refreshing surprise for my listeners, as it is very different to Alive”
  • You Shouldn’t Have Done That – He Was Just a Boy

    As a foreword, Francois Dillinger and SIBIR14N IMPER1AL wrote

    “It’s a coming of age story we guess. On this, we with love, loss, redemption, groove and well… babes. Something timeless to get you smiling, reflecting and dancing. Anyone that knows us knows this sound, this narrative is the true essence of Francois Dillinger and SIBER14N IMPER14L. This isn’t the last you’ll hear from us on this note, we hope everyone enjoys listening and dancing to You Shouldn’t Have Done That as much as we did making it”

    After a 3-year bout of silence, it would come as a relief to the fans and followers of Johannesburg-based rapper, “Mr Suave-Ass-Nigger” Francois Dillinger just released a 5-track project produced by fellow MMFSON member and frequent collaborator SIBER14N IMPER14L.

    Titled “You Shouldn’t Have Done That, He Was Just A Boy” the project is a fine display of growth and quality from the pair of musicians. Characteristic of Francois Dillinger – the listener is given a glimpse into Franky’s [mis]adventures, drug fuelled city experiences, dealing with loss of his father – but more surprisingly it seems to be about love (a few more listens will confirm this). Not only is it conveyed through the raps – but the sonic palette created by experimental producer SIBIR14N IMPER1AL.

  • Morena Leraba: Blending Our Stories with Modern Music

    A documentary by Blacknation Media, explores and reflects on discussions on Lesotho’s socio-political landscapes, artistic cultures, economic endeavours and tradition. To be screened again in Maseru, Lesotho at Alliance Française de Maseru (02/12/16), the documentary captures rural village life in Lesotho at Ha Nchela, Berea where Morena Leraba, a Mosotho shepherd and musician, broadly narrates their daily challenges as herders and his passion for music, while also displaying the potency of Sesotho language in music and poetry. Morena Leraba is originally a native of Ha Mojela in Mafeteng district, located south of Lesotho’s capital Maseru. Leraba’s music (especially lyrics) is deeply rooted in Lesotho’s traditional music, poetry, and it’s sub-genre, Famo, which was introduced as early as the 1920s when Basotho men were migrant workers in South African mines. However, the approach in the beat is significantly different as it hurls almost everything from Electro, Electronica, Afro-House and Hip-Hop, hence, dishing a whole new and unique sound. Leraba made his first appearance on the international scene in 2014 when he was featured in a song “Do You Know Know Lesotho” by a Cape Town/German band, The Freerangers. Carl McMillan, a filmmaker based in Lesotho was introduced to Leraba in the village of Ha Nchela, in Berea district (where he’s still based as a shepherd) and spotted his talent then. During the same time, he introduced Leraba to the band (friends he studied with in Cape Town); hence, did collaboration while visiting Lesotho. From there, Leraba released his first single, Bojete (Produced by Fritz Holscher, Germany) that got the attention of Brooklyn-based producer, Kashaka; hence, followed another collaboration, “Lithebera” and was premiered by Okayafrica in New York. His upcoming projects include a single with Mankind (under Blacknation Music), produced by Subterrâneo Recordsoficial in Brazil, and will be released in December this year. Another project include a 5-song EP with Kashaka (which will be released early 2017) and another single with DJ Spoko and Andre Geldenhuys from South Africa
  • Another June 16.

    By Edlin Chuene 2017, the 16th of June; morning and I am lying in bed after laying her brains and body numb. My mind then wondered somewhere amidst the skipped pillow talk into the possibilities of another sun-up sun-down and suddenly the date took me aback to memories of young me in a tie and grey fennel’s; having yet a naivety in my zeal for what is honorable. Lying there warm, almost cuddled, I found myself going back to the timeless work of Sam Nzima during the 1976 youth uprising of the dead Hector in Mbuyisa Makhubu’s arms and then further wondering how the years of school uniforms and actual commemorations and speeches on this day have gone by all too quickly. The days of June 16 filled with generations of native South Africans in school uniforms and publicized debates based on resolving youth struggles seem to be fading like the pages of decades-old outworn books from the Collector’s Treasury. The fiery passion of youth still burns within me and many others but I could never relate personally to the homage paid to the heroes and heroines of this day over 40 decades ago; I do not really know those struggles. My struggle was never that of oppressive learning conditions or police hippos patrolling the neighborhood – I have rather had money and pursuing a societal esteem assume my greatest desires; the opportunities afforded by the unfortunate events of 16 June 1976 allowed me that much.

    Reenactment of June 16 in 2017 with Yanga Maweni and Jay-jay Kolobe
    Photo by @benmoyo

    The historic day has now become just another excuse to drink up a storm the night before, party and then spend half the day recovering from the hangover while prepping for night-time to go at it again. It has become just another calendar date that bloggers can hashtag for greater reach or the poster title for most recreational institutions to attract a bigger turn out. None of these activities have anything to do with why this day became a national holiday and yet only a few are bothered. I am not one to point fingers from a higher moral stand point because I am no different; what I do know is that our struggles are more tied to an identity drawn from a place of weakness; a history we had no say in writing; we suffer the most from lousy service delivery and a misrepresentation in all the offices of authority in the land. According to StatSA’s mid-year population estimate; those who are below the age of 35 years constitute about 66% of the total population in South Africa and this statistic is in no way represented within any government institution.

    Reenactment of a June 16 in 2017.
    Photo by @benmoyo; Edit by @1454_

    At Blacknation Media we envision a generation of youngsters who would want to take to parliament on such a day to address what they feel are grievances that the government and the cronies in power are falling to do right by. We envision a woke generation that enforces the processes afforded by democracy instead of stand by dreaming or hoping for a change. A generation of such a mindset would birth many more Quinton Ndlozi’s  to challenge the self-indulging cadres currently running the show. We have been told that the youth is too reckless or too irresponsible but then again it was the recklessness of youth that lead to the revolt in ’76 or the “don’t care” attitude in the cadres that led them to leave for Cuba to better prepare to run the country when it is won back from the oppressor I would like to believe that this is a vision silently shared by many young people including the voiceless and faceless millions in the townships and villages that are left to suffer among many other struggles; poverty and unemployment; these conditions are then unfairly worsened by the actions of others. Protests are clearly not working as most of us wish they would; drastic measures are needed for these are drastic changes we want in effect. When culminating my thoughts on that glorious morning waiting for my lady to finally feel I deserve breakfast for my efforts I thought of wondering of to meet Sam to ask when he really thinks the great change shall eventually come or what he thinks it would take to enforce it.
  • Favelo International x Mankind

    Favelo International (est. 2014); every piece perfectly balances form and function for the young urban creative. Mankind walks and talks this balance through his urban sound of trap with a forever “trill” – true + real – message.

    Similarly like Favelo International, Mankind fails to follow trends but rather he chooses to carve his own path and that is the martyr of all the greats from all over the pages of history.

    From working with the likes of Morena Leraba and more recently Stilo “Tropicana Jiiig” Magolide, Mankind oozes versatility and and functionality.

    Here is a track that asserts to you the versatility that is Mankind.

    The creators of Favelo whom among other motivations took to making the clothes they longed to have but could not afford; today this is an internationally relevant clothing brand and the birth of another great.

    Favelo International’s collaboration with Mankind stands true to their name, the acronym; functional, active, versatility, equity, locomotion and optimism.

  • Smart Monkey – Mankind ft. Stilo Magolide

    Imfene ekhaliphile

    Defintion:

    Direct translation. Smart Monkey – Mankind ft Stilo Magolide: 2017 June 16 new musical tribute to those who fell on this day 41 years ago; n. An informed young man or woman aware of how his society was rigged centuries ago to deter him or her at every turn but then realizes that to succeed; he or she ought to be smarter than the monkey he was set out to be from the jump – the Smart Monkey as Mankind and Stilo put it. Antithesis a figure of speech which refers to the juxtaposition of opposing or contrasting ideas. It involves the bringing out of a contrast in the ideas by an … how smart can a monkey really be? Personification A case where human qualities are given to animals, objects or ideas. In the arts, personification means representing a non-human thing as if it were human. As black people in South Africa the words monkey and baboon were used to refer to us in a derogatory manner, to dehumanize us and reduce us to as low we perceive the animals. The same antithesis perspective is evident in the words “I’m a proud monkey!” in Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album titled To Pimp A Butterfly; this is evidently a global consensus amongst black rebelling against what was regarded as what we are for centuries now. As the youth of today we do not face the same challenges faced by our forefathers, our struggles rage from economic freedom to reinventing our identities. The words and underlying messages of this song are a sure guide in overcoming our own generation’s struggles.

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