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HHP, motswako maestro, has died at the age of 38
HHP, motswako maestro, has died at the age of 38
Jabulani Tsambo, known to many by his stage name Hip Hop Pantsula has died at the age of 38. While the cause of death is unclear at this stage, he...
Lupe resurrects slave myth
Lupe resurrects slave myth
In some senses, it is easy to ­imagine Lupe Fiasco as a distant island in rap’s archipelago. Some believe his record label woes have dented not...
Joyless at the Joy of Jazz
Joyless at the Joy of Jazz
I have never been on the other side of the money counter, but it is safe to assume that putting together a festival gives its fair share of...
Ishmael's Ever Since "Takalani" makes the pots happen
Ishmael's Ever Since "Takalani" makes the pots happen
Once upon a night not long ago, Ishmael was at Stones in Melville, Johannesburg, performing with rapper Emtee and trap artist Makizar. Towards the...
Rixon tackles waste culture, consumerism
Rixon tackles waste culture, consumerism
It’s been nearly three years since Cape Town-based artist Thor Rixon dropped his breakout hit Fuk Bread. The one-take, single-shot video...
Reimagining family and luxury with FAKA
Reimagining family and luxury with FAKA
Mam’khulu Queenie is a woman of sparse words and quiet grace. She is my grandmother’s sister — in that nebulous sense in black families...
Noname moves into ‘Room 25’
Noname moves into ‘Room 25’
Earlier this month, the low-key 27-year-old rapper and songwriter, Noname, aka Fatimah Warner, released her sophomore album Room 25.
At 21, does Y tune into youth?
At 21, does Y tune into youth?
The significance of the 21st birthday has interesting roots. It goes back to Elizabethan times, when 21 was the age at which a man could become a...
Petite Noir breaks borders
Petite Noir breaks borders
Yannick Ilunga’s artistry refuses to be any one specific thing. In a 2015 interview with British magazine i-D, the artist, better known as Petite...
Ramaphosa, und’funa ntoni?
Ramaphosa, und’funa ntoni?
I happen to have the number of a Durban-based producer named Luvas. On his Whatsapp, flyers for shows, new singles and collaborations he is working...
‘Wuz Dat?’ It’s what the people want
‘Wuz Dat?’ It’s what the people want
A title sets the tone. And Boity did well to call her first single Wuz Dat? because it’s another fine opportunity to ask: What is that?...
​How Aretha Franklin found her voice
​How Aretha Franklin found her voice
When Aretha Franklin is laid to rest, the Queen of Soul will deservedly be remembered in an array of tributes reflecting the immense legacy of her...
​Motuba hits the motherlode
​Motuba hits the motherlode
Gabi Motuba’s album Tefiti —Goddess of Creation is not necessarily about motherhood or nativity, and yet the sense of coming into...
Portrait of Ben Sharpa - O' Kaptin My Kaptin - as a young man
Portrait of Ben Sharpa - O' Kaptin My Kaptin - as a young man
“I go as far back being a 14-year-old, bumping into him at Le Club, shortly before it moved to Rippingtons. It was a Saturday afternoon and he...

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