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Rapper Dope Saint Jude has found her cause — it's reimagined and redefined
Rapper Dope Saint Jude has found her cause — it's reimagined and redefined
As you listen to the opening tracks on Dope Saint Jude’s debut EP, Reimagine, there’s no doubt the Cape Town rapper is doing things on...
On bass culture and incarnations of Grace Jones: Punk and third world tech
On bass culture and incarnations of Grace Jones: Punk and third world tech
In one of the many introspective moments in the documentary The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry, the Jamaican reggae...
A tree-o worth more than the sum of its parts
A tree-o worth more than the sum of its parts
The trio in the name of Malcolm Jiyane’s band is actually spelt Tree-o or, as he explains it: “Tree with an ‘o’, symbolising the circle of...
It takes a village to raise an artist
It takes a village to raise an artist
Soweto-based band Urban Village’s sound can perhaps be best described as polyglot, for it attains its originality through a mix of languages both...
Black Coffee makes South Africa proud with historic BET Award win
Black Coffee makes South Africa proud with historic BET Award win
A missed opportunity by one journalist resulted in my dialling a hotel in France to speak to a man who has earned the respect and admiration of so...
​Urban Village is not a band, it’s a collective of underground artists
​Urban Village is not a band, it’s a collective of underground artists
Soweto-based band Urban Village’s sound can perhaps be best described as polyglot, for it attains its originality through a mix of languages both...
African hip-hop still doesn’t have an exclusive online platform
African hip-hop still doesn’t have an exclusive online platform
By the time the early naughties hit, I’d become an internet-dependent delinquent prowling night and day for hyperlinks to rap music websites which...
Zakifo music festival, the love child of Sakifo in Reunion
Zakifo music festival, the love child of Sakifo in Reunion
Travelling to Reunion in 2007 with musicians 340ml and Tumi and the Volume, Andy Mason was catching some waves at the Sakifo festival when what...
Seventies Zamrock lives on
Seventies Zamrock lives on
A veteran Los Angeles hip-hop mogul and a renowned Parisian fashion designer have...
Hoteps and hip-hop: Bambaata molestation claims expose hip-hop's homophobia
Hoteps and hip-hop: Bambaata molestation claims expose hip-hop's homophobia
Kevin Donovan’s (aka Afrika Bambaata) peace crusades, which turned mostly teenage gang members into partying b-boys, basically cemented hip-hop...
Songs of freedom at Joburg's best kept secret
Songs of freedom at Joburg's best kept secret
Some refer to the Afrikan Freedom Station as a “hole in the wall” on Thornton Street in the Johannesburg suburb of Westdene. 
Papa Wemba leaves in style
Papa Wemba leaves in style
Even in death, musician, rabble-rouser and sometime actor Papa Wemba personifies the term “larger than life”. The forever dapper performer was...
The politics of Prince
The politics of Prince
Prince, arguably one of the most influential modern artists, died last week at the age of 57. The genre-busting pop-funk-R&B-rock singer-songwriter sold more than 100-million records in his extraordinary career, which spanned nearly 40 years. But his influence stretched way...
Prince: So long you sexy motherf*cker
Prince: So long you sexy motherf*cker
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Mushroom Hour Half-Hour: From pirate radio to podcasts
Mushroom Hour Half-Hour: From pirate radio to podcasts
Nhlanhla Mngadi, of the Mushroom Hour Half-Hour podcast, is not being nostalgic when he reminds me that the artwork that greeted revellers as they...

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