South African Music

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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On: Spikiri

On: Spikiri

Spikiri talks to Helen Herimbi about new music, respectful names and improved formulas Sporting a Starter jacket and his signature plaits, Spikiri is in a good mood. He speaks freely, laughs a lot and, when his wife whips out a mini-tub of Vaseline from her bag, he dabs a finger...
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On: Sannie Fox

On: Sannie Fox

In between gigs in London, Cape Town’s own Sannie Fox took time out to speak to Helen Herimbi about her second album The last time I spoke to Sannie Fox, the vocal powerhouse and songwriter/producer had just come off the road. She had been on the Crossroads Tour with Jimmy...
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On: PRO

On: PRO

As the proceeds of the Dankie San tribute concert go towards an education fund for PRO’s daughter, the hip hop family tells Helen Herimbi what PRO taught them On a balmy Jozi night, I am perched on the couch. I make the Netflix chill and put on a movie I...
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