music mondays: "munt'omnyama"
Kat has started a new feature called "Music Mondays," whereby readers of The Secret Life of Kat can link in posts about songs/albums they like. Since I love music, and since I haven't blogged about music nearly enough lately, this seems like a good time to start. From now until we'll see when, I'll try to do a post on music most Mondays.
Fair warning to Kat's readers: I don't like or listen to much Christian music, so the music mentioned in these posts may not be exactly your kind of thing. That said, it will all be family-friendly, so no worries about your little ones overhearing something you'll have to explain.
So. I was never really a hip-hop kind of gal, but these past few years, I've really developed a taste for African versions of the genre. I'm just fascinated by the idea that these musical forms have now crossed the Atlantic twice - first when slaves brought call-and-response and other rhythms to the Americas, where they developed into the blues, jazz, and eventually rock-and-roll, and then again when rock evolved into rap and rap into hip-hop, and now it's crossed back to the continent again. African hip-hop and other mixed genres of music combine traditional beats with modern forms, and I cannot get enough of it. So for today's Music Monday, I give you:
"Munt'Omnyama" by Mafikizolo featuring Stoan and Jahseed
Unfortunately, the only online version I can find of this song is the soundtrack to the second half of a YouTube tribute video to Prince Harry's girlfriend. Go fig.
Why do I love this song? For one thing, it's catchy. "Munt'Omnyama" is great to dance to, and despite the fact that I have no idea what the words actually say (the title translates to something akin to "black folks"), it seems like you just instinctively know what it's about. The song is partially based in Marabi, a style of jazz that originated in South Africa's apartheid-era townships. I dare you to listen to it and not dance.
"Munt'Omnyama" is available on the excellent Tsotsi soundtrack, or you can buy it as a single track at iTunes. Enjoy!