Apple labels Senegalese hit as Afrikaans

Apple Music did not know how to classify the latest single from the Senegalese afrobeat band Sahad and the Nataal Patchwork.

So they put the song Bitakola under the genre Afrikaans.

Perhaps they were confused by the Nataal in the band’s name.

It wasn’t until someone noticed it on Twitter that a change was made.

Sahad and the Nataal Patchwork are known for the 2019 hit single Wall of China.

They are part of a new generation of Senegalese artists who are branching out from Mbalax, the national dance music of the country which is a mixture of many different influences.

Other big names in the new wave are the electro-fuelled trio Guiss Guiss Bou Bess and the experimentalist sound-maker Ibaaku.

These artists owe everything to the granddaddy of mbalax Youssou N’dour – but are spreading their wings and experimenting with new sounds.

As far as we know, they are not quite ready to link up with Snotkop or Fokofpolisiekar.

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