South African Music

On: Gabi Motuba

On: Gabi Motuba

Following the release of her debut album, Gabi Motuba speaks about compositions and community Gabi Motuba is a musician’s musician. It is a few days after the Soweto Theatre launch of her debut album as band leader, Tefiti: Goddess of Creation, and we sit at the front a busy Jozi...
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On: Jeremy Loops

On: Jeremy Loops

Photo by Taahir Matthews Jeremy Loops speaks to Helen Herimbi about songwriting, surfing and streaming Jeremy Loops swaggers in with a guitar case in hand. The folk singer is fresh off a European tour that included him selling out and headlining a night at Shepard’s Bush Empire in London -...
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On: Boity

On: Boity

TV presenter and actress, Boity speaks to Helen Herimbi about pivoting to her passion: rapping Boity is busy. On the day that we catch up, she had caught the worm when she exclusively premiered her debut song on Metro FM’s Fresh Breakfast before people clock in for work. Then she...
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On: Spikiri

On: Spikiri

Spikiri talks to Helen Herimbi about new music, respectful names and improved formulas Sporting a Starter jacket and his signature plaits, Spikiri is in a good mood. He speaks freely, laughs a lot and, when his wife whips out a mini-tub of Vaseline from her bag, he dabs a finger...
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On: Sannie Fox

On: Sannie Fox

In between gigs in London, Cape Town’s own Sannie Fox took time out to speak to Helen Herimbi about her second album The last time I spoke to Sannie Fox, the vocal powerhouse and songwriter/producer had just come off the road. She had been on the Crossroads Tour with Jimmy...
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On: PRO

On: PRO

As the proceeds of the Dankie San tribute concert go towards an education fund for PRO’s daughter, the hip hop family tells Helen Herimbi what PRO taught them On a balmy Jozi night, I am perched on the couch. I make the Netflix chill and put on a movie I...
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On: Unathi

On: Unathi

Ahead of her national tour, Unathi takes Helen Herimbi through an exercise of how music helped her become courageous, correct and capable. "I tell people all the time,” Unathi says after we’ve run 1.5km and are back at the first step of the steep Westcliff Stairs. “The key to the...
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On: Ben Sharpa

Friends and family of the culture-defining Ben Sharpa reminisce about the late, great rapper, writes Helen Herimbi "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” That phrase, from the film, Dead Poets Society, was immortalised by the late, great emcee, Ben Sharpa. As a rapper,...
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On: Sho Madjozi

On: Sho Madjozi

Ahead of her first appearance at Oppikoppi, Sho Madjozi speaks to Helen Herimbi about creativity, culture and competition A few weeks after we’ve had the following interview, I’m talking to Sho Madjozi behind the stage at the Global Citizen press conference, where Beyonce has been announced as the headliner for...
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