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Fete de la Musique returns to Newtown

Fete de la Musique returns to Newtown

Jackie Queens. Refentše Solo. Those are the people I am most excited about seeing at the annual Fete de la Musique concert. The free event returns to Newtown Junction on June 8. This year, there will be six stages and you can catch acts like the incredible Jackie Queens as...
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WATCH: Ridin’ Round with Blinky Bill

WATCH: Ridin’ Round with Blinky Bill

By now, you know how much I love Elliott Wilson. I mean, he's only married to the GOAT, after all. I digress. It tickles me to call myself Helliott Wilson for these interviews where I'm riding in cars with musicians. While this is no Car Test, it was a braai...
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WATCH: Religion and Rap

WATCH: Religion and Rap

I know, I know, it looks like this has turned into a YoungstaCPT fan site. I suppose the kid has been working the press. The last time he was in Jozi, he and I spoke about his song, 786, and the links it has to Islam and parts of Cape...
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On: 3T

On: 3T

“Can you believe the internet was down,” he asks me rhetorically as he sits down. He shakes his head. “But things like that always happen to me,” he smirks and then says: “The internet only went down when I arrived, they’ve never had that happen to anyone else.” If I...
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hdX: On Theatre on the Square

hdX: On Theatre on the Square

What makes for a potentially electrifying performance? Helen Herimbi hits up AKA’s Orchestra on the Square rehearsal to find out The Jozi sky is grey when I arrive. AKA’s band is standing in a circle on the street and I join them. The seem on edge. Nhlanhla, who takes care...
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hdX: On Mx Blouse

hdX: On Mx Blouse

“I thought I was just hungover and ignored the fact that I felt sick for a while,” Mx Blouse is telling me over the phone. I’m gobsmacked. They are giggling. “I was so sick. I got rained on on New Year’s Eve, at Afropunk. Then it escalated and they couldn’t...
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On: Tamia

On: Tamia

Ahead of her South African tour, Tamia talks to Helen Herimbi about passion, penmanship and privacy “Umm,” she pauses to chuckle. “I’m not really a person who goes for overt gestures of love on a special day. I’m kind of into overt gestures of love on a random day. Just...
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On: YoungstaCPT

On: YoungstaCPT

YoungstaCPT and his team are in the basement parking lot of a Joburg radio station. Teargas’ breakout hit, Chance, is not a song that would typically be played by this station but it is blaring through YoungstaCPT’s car’s speakers. I’m surprised to hear the rapper blaze this throwback tune but...
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On: Ishmael

On: Ishmael

"For maybe three years, I used to have these dreams of just dealing with my matric,” Ishmael Morabe tells me shortly after he’s sat down. The multi-talented artist who is simply known as Ishmael has just come back from a morning of visiting high schools to motivate the kids who...
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On: Fifi Cooper

On: Fifi Cooper

The motswako rapper talks about her new music, new company and new lease on life Fifi Cooper is giddy. When we meet, it’s been a while since she dropped her second album, Take Me Back. It is her first album since she acrimoniously parted ways with Ambitiouz Entertainment and hr...
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