South African Music

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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On: Fifi Cooper

On: Fifi Cooper

The motswako rapper talks about her new music, new company and new lease on life Fifi Cooper is giddy. When we meet, it’s been a while since she dropped her second album, Take Me Back. It is her first album since she acrimoniously parted ways with Ambitiouz Entertainment and hr...
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On: Sho Madjozi’s style

On: Sho Madjozi’s style

Newly named the South African with the Most Innovative Style, musician, Sho Madjozi speaks to Helen Herimbi The last time I saw Sho Madjozi, we were in a large studio space where she was shooting a special for a popular brand she endorses. She swaggered in and, like a magnet,...
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On: L’Vovo

On: L’Vovo

L’Vovo is wearing a black and white spottie. It’s got various typography on it with words like “life” prominently placed. And what a serendipitous life the Durban kwaito star has led. Born Thokozani Ndlovu and bred in Newcastle and Durban, L’Vovo always knew he was going to be Somebody. “Way...
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On: Bigstar Johnson

On: Bigstar Johnson

Bigstar Johnson delivers nostalgia and notes on our nation on his debut album “Are you going to get tattoos on your face, Star,” asks Ninel Musson. She is the director of Vth Season, the indie company Bigstar Johnson is signed to and she also doesn’t have a poker face. “That’s...
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On: HHP

On: HHP

HHP invited Helen Herimbi into studio to reveal the real Jabba X Jabulani Tsambo has his back to me. We’re in the studio attached to his home and the second track off his upcoming EP, Feels Good To Be Back, is wafting through the speakers. He is at the sink,...
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On: Gabi Motuba

On: Gabi Motuba

Following the release of her debut album, Gabi Motuba speaks about compositions and community Gabi Motuba is a musician’s musician. It is a few days after the Soweto Theatre launch of her debut album as band leader, Tefiti: Goddess of Creation, and we sit at the front a busy Jozi...
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On: Jeremy Loops

On: Jeremy Loops

Photo by Taahir Matthews Jeremy Loops speaks to Helen Herimbi about songwriting, surfing and streaming Jeremy Loops swaggers in with a guitar case in hand. The folk singer is fresh off a European tour that included him selling out and headlining a night at Shepard’s Bush Empire in London -...
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On: Boity

On: Boity

TV presenter and actress, Boity speaks to Helen Herimbi about pivoting to her passion: rapping Boity is busy. On the day that we catch up, she had caught the worm when she exclusively premiered her debut song on Metro FM’s Fresh Breakfast before people clock in for work. Then she...
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