South African Music

On: Teargas

Teargas asked for another chance and scores of fans obliged. With two smoking-hot singles on heavy TV and radio rotation, the group is burning up the charts, writes Helen Herimbi. “Abo-darkie ba swimma nga ma make me nice” says Ntokozo Mdluli to raucous laughter. This comment, which, loosely translated from...
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On: Mawe2

The British magazines are raving about a subgenre of hip hop they’ve christened nerdhop. This refers to music by rappers like Lupe Fiasco, who shun hip-hop’s hubris and hoes in favour of a higher existence. Mawethu Maliwa is a snug fit in this new movement. He spoke to Helen Herimbi...
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On: Papercutt

By Helen Herimbi “If you remember nothing else about tonight, remember that I was here with Papercutt.” Tumi Molekane, the popular frontman of the band Tumi and The Volume, is a respected rapper. When he says your name in the middle of a performance, it’s a big deal. How many...
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On: YFM’s legacy

On: YFM’s legacy

“We were young lions then, and children of kwaito,” utters Sibusiso “The General” Nxumalo – YFM’s first Music Manager. But now, 10 years after YFM’s inception, the children aren’t the only ones who’ve grown up. The General spoke to Helen Herimbi about the radio station that pioneered the kwaito movement. When YFM...
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On: Slikour

On: Slikour

By Helen Herimbi With a reputation for being long-winded, rapper Siyabonga “Slikour” Metane spoke to Tonight about his new album and fallouts in the music industry. Below is the highly edited version. In the interview, Slik – a solo rapper and one-seventh of the prolific rap group, Skwatta Kamp –...
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On: Ntjapedi

On: Ntjapedi

By Helen Herimbi The members of Ntjapedi make a striking impression as they mount the triangular stage at the Bassline in Newtown. Lead vocalist, Rasekgantsho Matsabu, is kitted in an orange pants and jacket ensemble while Mojalefa Mokubung dons a brown beret tilted to the right with a red-collar shirt...
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On: Tumi Molekane

On: Tumi Molekane

“After the show/there’s always a couple that wanna know/ how you mapping your flow/ and where you wanna go/ in six years after/ what’s your vision for Africa/ man I’m just a rapper/ give me a break, stop that!” These lines are found in a song called What It’s All...
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