My Life

Mbongo-Zaka

Mbongo-Zaka

Rouge is water. Straight up. I think one of her greatest qualities is her ability to adapt and then add to that. We heard it with Bua featuring Reason. We heard it on the Baddest remix. Her versatility allows her to bend without it ever seeming like a tight fit...
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Money Back

Money Back

Nadia Nakai is my friend in my head. Yes, another one. In *here* we go and get our nails done together and she breaks down the seventh colour of the old design of her 10K weave over mussels and MCCs for me.   If you know me IRL, you know...
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Andizenzi

Andizenzi

I was sitting close to the back of the room. Hungry AF and slightly delirious from the day I’d just had. Earlier, I had given my first ever presentation about music journalism in an office space full of aspirant youth, after all. But there I was sitting in this room...
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16 Til Nicki

16 Til Nicki

If you know me IRL, you know how I feel about Nicki Minaj. It's because of that love for her that I actually got a teeny weeny bit nervous about the prospect of watching her perform in Joburg. It's one of those don't-meet-your-idols things except she's not my idol, she's...
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Black Rapunzel

Today, I got to chat with a comedian I respect so much. His 3-year-old daughter came up to where I was sitting and started stroking the cornrows that cascade down my back. "I like your hair," she mused, not really talking to me, "it's like Rapunzel!" I smiled and said,...
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DJ School

A few months ago, I decided I was going to learn how to DJ. Yeah, just like all the other people I have mocked for years for not being content with being a copywriter/strategist/bartender/fill in whatever you do here. Unlike those slashies who annoy me, I didn’t want to DJ...
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The Miners, a Helen Herimbi short story

Tssssssss. He sucks his finger to suppress the stinging sensation. The furnace is open while he flicks the once-round burnt bread into brown bags. He stands in the street, in front of a sign saying Bob’s. There, a bin, bulging with debris, stands. He flings the black buns in and...
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