music

On: Zubz

On March 20 2009, the cream of musicians from South Africa will gather in the nation’s capital for a day of prayer and performances ahead of Human Rights Day the day after, and the national elections in April. Amongst them will be revered Hip-hop lyricist Zubz. Helen Herimbi had a...
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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: D’Banj

Nigerian Afro-pop artist D’Banj has a Kanye West-like confidence. Just without the arrogance. When I meet the multiple award-winning star he is flanked – not by a bevy of beauties – but by an entourage that makes P. Diddy’s posse look like amateur body builders. All of them wear huge...
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On: Nas

Nas, the conscious rapper, tries to make reason out of rhyme when he talks about Barack Obama, Robert Mugabe and what it really means to be a n*gg*r on his new album. With intentions to name his ninth album N*gg*r, Nas was looking to make more than a musical statement....
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On: Ewok

Does hip-hop hibernate when it’s National Arts Festival season? Helen Herimbi is still wondering after seeing one sweet hip-hop-based production as well as one that left her sour. There are five elements of hip-hop: Emceeing, DJ-ing, B-Boying, Graffiti and Knowledge Of Self. In Spitfire, Ian “Ewok” Robinson brilliantly epitomises them...
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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: Akon

At Tonight we go to great lengths to bring you the exclusive interviews. A mildly panicked Helen Herimbi finds herself stuck at a roadblock in a cramped Corsa on a Friday night when she gets a call to interview superstar Akon. Naturally, she obliges…. SOMEWHERE IN MPUMALANGA, FRIDAY, 7PM Driving...
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On: Asa

Our very own kwaito general, Kabelo Mabalane, said: “You can’t keep a good man down.” Soul singer Asa epitomises this statement. This phoenix that keeps on rising spoke to Helen Herimbi . On the first listen to Asa’s (pronounced Asha) self-titled debut, one can tell that she is an autobiographical...
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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: 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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