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Cassper’s filled up by his loyal Tsibipians
Cassper’s filled up by his loyal Tsibipians
‘To be honest/ I gotta give mad credit to fans/ for letting me be myself in a world you not allowed to/ You always give me your love/ I never...
DJ Lag: The gqom whisperer comes home
DJ Lag: The gqom whisperer comes home
“I was just trying to create something that sounded like hip-hop, but on a house tempo” is how DJ Lag tried to articulate his sound on our...
The people versus the captured police
The people versus the captured police
Not even the promise of uninterrupted electricity could guarantee crime-free partying for the more than 60 00 Beyoncé fans who braved hours to...
Global Citizen: Preaching the good news according to Madiba
Global Citizen: Preaching the good news according to Madiba
In 1995, at the start of the Rugby World Cup final, South African pilot Laurie Kay flew a 747 passenger jet over Ellis Park. The bottom of the jet...
Queen of the beat just gets louder and louder
Queen of the beat just gets louder and louder
Party-starter, infamous (former) Kalawa “chikita” and gqom loudhailer Busiswa is nothing if not armoured in confidence. Pick damn near any beat...
Letters in song to the land of our dreams
Letters in song to the land of our dreams
The letter. The note. The dispatch. An important leitmotif of our history. Writing as an act of generosity. The song as a reminder, a quickener, an...
‘Sankomota’ ode explores a cultural treasure
‘Sankomota’ ode explores a cultural treasure
Phehello J Mofokeng’s book, Sankomota: An Ode in One Album, might be about a recording that took place in Lesotho more than 35 years...
Sho Madjozi’s musical lineage is larger than large
Sho Madjozi’s musical lineage is larger than large
Rapper Sho Madjozi is late for our hangout. There’s a pleasant vibe on the intersection of 7th and Fourth in Melville’s cluster of cafés and...
Apartheid assassin   was sane
Apartheid assassin   was sane
Harris Dousemetzis didn’t know about prime minister Hendrik Verwoerd’s assassin Dimitri Tsafendas, but he was aware of apartheid from a young...
Mash comes alive on stage
Mash comes alive on stage
When pianist Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane’s fusionist debut Amanz’Olwandle landed in 2016, he says the jazz police called him out for...
Cultural songs go digital
Cultural songs go digital
Umagunqelindawo, a song in which a bride sings about her dissatisfaction with her marital home, is a tune that falls in the tradition of wedding...
The markings of Zulu rap
The markings of Zulu rap
In the middle of Manelis’s album Aircuts, there is a snippet of deceased Durban emcee XO rapping a verse. He is transposed on to the proceedings...
Tune in to the wails of Maskandi
Tune in to the wails of Maskandi
It could have been a Thursday or Friday night at one of the bohemian clubs in Braamfontein, Jo’burg. The DJ was playing a range of genres from...

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