South African Music

On: Zaki Ibrahim

With Every Opposite, a stellar new album available in stores this month, Zaki Ibrahim brings a futuristic story to the table. She spoke to Helen Herimbi about uncovering new concepts and the calling. Zaki Ibrahim’s eyes darted from left to right, her pupils dancing in the club’s light. Behind her,...
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On: Psyfo

With a new album under his belt, Psyfo still encounters the same old haters. The actor-turned-rapper told Helen Herimbi about it. “I think I am the most hated rapper in SA – and I say that boldly.” Psyfo may be laughing, but something tells me he’s dead serious. “People will...
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On: Smashis

Once in a while, a crew pops up that changes the course of rap music. For the past couple of years, heads have debated whether Teargas did that in South Africa, but it looks like with their new group, called Cashtime Fam, they plan to do just that. Helen Herimbi...
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On: Spoek Mathambo

Catching up with Mzansi-born international muso, Spoek Mathambo, is sometimes a challenge. When the artist isn’t jet-setting around the globe to collaborate with interesting acts, he prefers to just kick it with his grandmother. Mathambo spoke to Helen Herimbi about South African songs and Simunye Grooves. Father Creeper is my...
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On: Jonny Joburg

Jonny Joburg and the Spaza Shop Boyz’s frontman, Jonny Joburg, spoke to Helen Herimbi about their sound, selling CDs and sacrifice. I don’t remember when I first heard Jonny Joburg and the Spaza Shop Boyz. But once I had, the hip hop group made it hard to go to a...
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On: YoungstaCPT

On: YoungstaCPT

If I were Sydney Shaw, my opening question when sitting down with any rapper would be “So, when did you fall in love with hip-hop?” But, no matter how many Rens and Tens show up in the music industry, this is not Brown Sugar. And luckily for me, Riyadh “Youngsta”...
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On: Nthabi

Over a strong cup of Five Roses, rapper Nthabi talks to Helen Herimbi about her thirst to be better and hip hop being her cup of tea. Nthabi likes her tea like her attitude: strong. The rain is pouring outside when she asks for a big cup of Rooibos.  There is...
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On: Pure Solid

When it comes to music, Dplanet and Spo0ky are solid as a rock, but off stage they like their drinks hot, writes Helen Herimbi. Sade wails softly in the background. Earl Grey and Five Roses teas are brought to the table – much to Dplanet’s disappointment, the restaurant was all...
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On: IAMWAVES/Petite Noir

On: IAMWAVES/Petite Noir

IAMWAVES is the type to go with the flow. He spoke to Helen Herimbi about his new music and being deep. “I really wish I had a better story about how I got into making music,” he confesses, “you know, like that I landed here because I killed someone or…”...
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On: L-Tido

On: L-Tido

L-Tido may not be a gambler, but with his debut solo album, he is feeling lucky. Helen Herimbi spoke to the rapper. South African rap artist L-Tido is the poster child for commercial hip hop. But this is not something he condones, or cares about. With his debut album, All...
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