Music

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.
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...
Connecting through silence with Zoë Modiga
Connecting through silence with Zoë Modiga
Silent concerts enforce a special kind of intimacy. The fact that you can only hear the music being performed live through headphones eliminates...
Reserved Thabang Tabane wants to keep his sound simple
Reserved Thabang Tabane wants to keep his sound simple
Nearly two years has elapsed since Thabang Tabane’s solo debut Matjale was recorded at the Mamelodi West, Pretoria, home he shared with...
A family by any other name
A family by any other name
Friday night, July 20 2018, will forever be emblazoned in my mind as the most comprehensively gag-worthy family function I have ever had the honour...
Nonku Phiri reloaded
Nonku Phiri reloaded
The first time I heard composer and singer-songwriter Nonku Phiri was by complete accident.
Queer fantasies flow seamlessly on ‘Hive Mind’
Queer fantasies flow seamlessly on ‘Hive Mind’
There are two ways to define the hive mind concept. In science fiction, this is when the unified consciousness of aliens helps them gain control...
Durban kwaito’s Sugarman
Durban kwaito’s Sugarman
For better or worse, Sandy B has always been an artist ahead of his time. In 1994, the Durban-based artist released Amajovi Jovi —...

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