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i(m)bali LIVE Uncut

i(m)bali LIVE Uncut

This month we tried something new. Some people were telling me they can’t watch the entire i(m)bali LIVE episodes at work because they’re long. Well, legends have had incredible lives so the stories are long. Anyway, instead of giving you the full version, we split up the conversation into smaller...
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Flowers for Melanie Ramjee

Flowers for Melanie Ramjee

Melanie “Hypress” Ramjee is a hip hop PR pioneer. Back when it wasn’t the leading genre in the country - and, in fact, it wasn’t all that embraced - it was the company that Melanie co-founded that signed and pushed artists like Spex as well as Mizchif. The publicist/serial entrepreneur/blogger/influencer...
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Flowers for Thabiso Khati

Flowers for Thabiso Khati

Thabiso “Hip Hop Scholar” Khati has always had a mean rep in the game. He’s not the kind of personality that can live in grey areas. But now, the manager/record exec is in a different place in his life. One that was brought on by introspection and the desire to...
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Flowers for Ishmael

Flowers for Ishmael

There are very few artists who can claim to have the kind of success that transcends eras. From 80s hip hop to 90s kwaito and r&b to naughties crunk and afro-soul, Ishmael is a true South African treasure. And he’s got no qualms with opening up about the highs and...
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Flowers for Lee Kasumba

Flowers for Lee Kasumba

Leslie “Lee” Kasumba is an integral part of African hip hop. She consistently held a mirror up to us hip hop girls and just by existing, occupied a space for all of us. And continues to do so well beyond the realms of hip hop. I have a deep love...
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Flowers for Bionic

Flowers for Bionic

Bradley “DJ Bionic” Williams has done so much for South African hip hop. Personally, he’s given me some big opportunities and some hard-to-learn lessons. So when we took i(m)bali from a podcast to a live event (thanks J&B Hive!), it was obvious that Bionic had to be the first guest....
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Flowers for PRO

Flowers for PRO

Where to start. It’s clear that PRO touched many people’s lives. It’s clear that he changed the face of South African rap. It’s clear that he hadn’t lost it. I’ve always thought I had given PRO his flowers while he could smell them. But his passing was so sudden that...
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Flowers for Mshoza

Flowers for Mshoza

One of the baddest kwaito artists - who actually writes her own music - is Mshoza. It’s unfortunate that her skills often get buried under tabloid street posters but once you speak to her about music, it’s clear that she has always had it and will always have it in...
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