Music

The family is the sanctum
The family is the sanctum
The first time I heard of Project Elo, the ensemble project anchored by Tumi Mogorosi’s drumming, a friend was enthusing about a launch...
The world is watching Nasty C and he knows it
The world is watching Nasty C and he knows it
It’s 23:30. Nasty C’s flight is almost an hour late. He arrives after dark to avoid the hassle of daytime travel, especially following the hype...
​Babes Wodumo: The queen of gqom with dololo cares
​Babes Wodumo: The queen of gqom with dololo cares
Gqom, perhaps no more than other forms of music, is a testosterone-driven genre where the record of female participation can sometimes go...
Angela Davis: Nina Simone's music was so much more than the soundtrack to a movement
Angela Davis: Nina Simone's music was so much more than the soundtrack to a movement
Former political prisoner; black feminist activist and theorist, writer and teacher Angela Davis will deliver the 2016 Annual Steve Biko Memorial...
It's finally here: Frank Ocean hits the right notes with the release of his album
It's finally here: Frank Ocean hits the right notes with the release of his album
He’s a soulful crooner, but has now also earned the title of the most epic procrastinator after casually delaying his album release by more...
The unique and layered voice of the versatile virtuoso Bheki Mseleku is remembered
The unique and layered voice of the versatile virtuoso Bheki Mseleku is remembered
For the revered South African musical spiritualist and icon, Bheki Mseleku, an event as modest as an unveiling and tribute concert could only be...
Twitter responds to Die Antwoord member's Suicide Squad rant
Twitter responds to Die Antwoord member's Suicide Squad rant
Rap duo Die Antwoord found themselves in the middle of a Twitter storm on Wednesday after band member Yolandi Visser said Suicide...
Linda Buthelezi and his new God Sons and Daughter outfit re-emerges revived
Linda Buthelezi and his new God Sons and Daughter outfit re-emerges revived
There are uncanny similarities in names between God Sons and Daughter and Gypsy Sun and Rainbows. The latter is a short-lived post-Experience Jimi...
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...

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