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Little Simz explores South Africa’s exploding music scene with Gigi Lamayne

29 September 2016, 11:34 | Written by The Line of Best Fit

The second part of Nando’s Music Exchange series sees Simz journey to Johannesburg to discover a thriving music scene with hip-hop artist, Gigi Lamayne.

Same but Different explores the people and places that inspired Gigi growing up, ultimately landing her a leading part in UN’s #WhatIReallyWant campaign for women’s rights earlier this year. Alongside impromptu freestyles on the streets of downtown Braamfontein, Simz and Gigi compare their experiences as female artists in different continents, in the typically male dominated world of rap and hip-hop.

The documentary culminates in a road trip to South Africa’s biggest music festival, Oppikoppi Bushveld, for Simz’s headline performance.

“It’s amazing how music transcends languages, race and culture," Little Simz says. "Going to South Africa as part of Nando’s Music Exchange, exploring the streets, meeting incredible talent, and seeing first-hand how local music is looking beyond the West to create its own unique sounds and subgenres, is definitely exciting to witness.”

The film, which you can watch above, is part of Nando’s growing Music Exchange programme, which aims to inspire the exchange of musical influences between emerging and established musicians from the UK and South Africa.

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