Sabelo Mkhabela

Fête de la Musique Joburg is doing things differently

The free festival Fête de la Musique Joburg makes a return post-lockdown with performances at four venues in the city

The rise and rise of the queens of amapiano

In a music industry often ruled by men, SA’s latest popular dance genre is ushering in a new era of inclusion

Zola 7 and the undying spirit of community

The quintessential musician-turned-philanthropist is in the unusual position of being eulogised while he is still alive.

Communal style: Riky Rick was always for the culture

Somewhat of a dilletante, the late rapper chose to spread his talents out, which is reflected by his interests as much as his chosen mode of making music

Does trad media get amapiano?

The divide between mainstream media and amapiano artists is of both parties’ making

Meet De Mthuda, the landlord of amapiano

Amapiano super producer De Mthuda is shaping the soundtrack of summer, but prefers to speak through his music, not to journalists, except in this case ...

The Portfolio: HHP’s silver lining at Back To The City

Jabba’s Back To The City performance in 2016 was a late-career triumph for the visionary MC, but its promise would prove elusive

The 10 best HHP songs ranked (+1 for luck)

Monster hits and expressive deep cuts from HHP’s extensive catalog, ranked from best to very good by Sabeo Mkhabela

Sabelo Mkhabela’s top five podcasts

The writer of our podcast feature selects five of his favourites

Like, subscribe and comment: The rise of podcasting in South Africa

Podcasts are gaining prominence as a tool to document South African popular culture, but they still have a long way to go as a medium and business

Colouring outside the box: How local hip-hop artists are disrupting media

Artist-run platforms are overtaking traditional media, but what does this mean for a critical approach?

The Portfolio: Sabelo Mkhabela

Sabelo Mkhabela, a ‘writer who can take photos’ tells us about the image he took of American rapper Joey Bada$$ at Oppikoppi in 2017

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