South African Music

The Writers: Zoe Modiga

The Writers: Zoe Modiga

Full disclosure: I didn’t remember that Seba Kaapstad’s second album, Thina, would be out on May 17. And I didn’t know I would watch Zoe Modiga on stage, joined by the super dope Nomfundo Xaluva and the super ill Aus Tebza, at the Joy of Jazz line-up reveal. But sandwiched...
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The Writers: Zingah

The Writers: Zingah

If you get a chance to, pay attention to the personal development Zingah has undertaken in the years since he was a kid in Cashtime Fam. For The Writers, though, Zingah and I spoke about his songwriting and stretching himself. Definitely one of my most unexpectedly illuminating conversations. What's your...
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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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The Writers: Msaki

The Writers: Msaki

On a whim, I decided to start a new series called The Writers. Here, I speak to some phenomenal songwriters about how they manage to be so, well, phenomenal. The best part of this series featuring some South African artists is that it means I am more than likely chatting...
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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: 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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