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On: Blinky Bill

On: Blinky Bill

It’s a hot Jozi day and the rescheduled date for my Skype conversation with Blinky Bill. The reason I was unable to chat with him days before was because my neighbourhood had experienced power cuts. When I finally see his face on my screen – his hair has become these...
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On: Swizz Beatz

On: Swizz Beatz

American superproducer and creative, Swizz Beatz, speaks to Helen Herimbi about Ruff Ryders and rallying around South African artists Swizz Beatz is tired. With interviews running about two hours behind schedule, I am not surprised. The One Man Band Man star whose production has defined entire eras of American hip...
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On: Sir David Attenborough

On: Sir David Attenborough

EXCLUSIVE: Sir David Attenborough spoke to Helen Herimbi about ‘Blue Planet II’, ahead of its African TV debut this weekend A few members of the media from all around the world are sitting in a room at the BFI IMAX in London, waiting for Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge,...
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On: Kojey Radical

On: Kojey Radical

Kojey Radical is determined to let more than just his voice soar, writes Helen Herimbi Kojey Radical is in bed. In his defence, 10am UK time and 10am Mzansi time are not the same, so he thought we’d be catching up later. Even under his duvet, the British poet-MC and...
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On: Blitz The Ambassador

On: Blitz The Ambassador

If consistency had an ambassador, Samuel Bazawule would be it. Known to you as Blitz The Ambassador, the Ghanaian-American rapper, producer and now film-maker has kept his nose to the grindstone since Stereotype in 2009. This year, his consistent resilience in an industry that rewards the typical has paid off....
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On: Jocelyn Cooper

On: Jocelyn Cooper

Ahead of the inaugural Afropunk Joburg, co-owner Jocelyn Cooper spoke to Helen Herimbi about politics, pap, POC and publishing It's 3.46pm and Jocelyn Cooper is famished. For someone who is widely known as a foodie – her Twitter bio even says: “business lady, partner, friend and great cook” – I...
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On: Wale

EXCLUSIVE: Wale speaks to Helen Herimbi about joining Kwesta to capture the platinum ‘Spirit’ of collaboration Olubowale Akintimehin sounds a little under the weather. The Nigerian-American rapper who you may simply know as Wale is speaking to me on the phone from Maryland in America and he sounds like he...
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On: Mpho Sebina

On: Mpho Sebina

Mpho Sebina is sitting in the corner. She’s got a journal next to her plate of food. “Don’t eat the couscous,” she fake-whispers to me. We laugh and I order a mango crusher instead. I ask the Botswana-bred singer if she’s been jotting down some songs in her notebook and...
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On: Julie Taymor

In this exclusive interview, the director talks to Helen Herimbi about 20 years of The Lion King The arts have been the Pride Rock of Julie Taymor’s life. A place for her to lift her talents – ranging from directing, editing, writing and even costume design among others – to...
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On: Russell Simmons

Ahead of his keynote address at the Liberty Vuka Knowledge Summit, Russell Simmons spoke to Helen Herimbi about wealth, health and hip hop mantras. "Right now,” Russell Simmons says on the phone from a car in Los Angeles, “I’m driving down Sunset Boulevard coming from yoga.” Totally what you’d expect...
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