Tags: 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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Fete de la Musique returns to Newtown

Fete de la Musique returns to Newtown

Jackie Queens. Refentše Solo. Those are the people I am most excited about seeing at the annual Fete de la Musique concert. The free event returns to Newtown Junction on June 8. This year, there will be six stages and you can catch acts like the incredible Jackie Queens as...
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WATCH: Ridin’ Round with Blinky Bill

WATCH: Ridin’ Round with Blinky Bill

By now, you know how much I love Elliott Wilson. I mean, he's only married to the GOAT, after all. I digress. It tickles me to call myself Helliott Wilson for these interviews where I'm riding in cars with musicians. While this is no Car Test, it was a braai...
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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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WATCH: Religion and Rap

WATCH: Religion and Rap

I know, I know, it looks like this has turned into a YoungstaCPT fan site. I suppose the kid has been working the press. The last time he was in Jozi, he and I spoke about his song, 786, and the links it has to Islam and parts of Cape...
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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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LISTEN: Shane Eagle’s true colours

LISTEN: Shane Eagle’s true colours

Shane Eagle has been charting his own unexpected (well, at least to me) path since he left The Hustle TV show. The rapper's debut album, Yellow, won the 2018 Best Rap SAMA and his follow-up EP, Never Grow Up is one I play every week on the way to work....
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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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