Live Mag

5 reasons why Back To The City is important for SA hip-hop

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 24 April 2017

5 reasons why Back To The City is important for SA hip-hop

Back To The City, South Africa’s biggest hip-hop festival returns for its 11th year this week. Here’s why the festival is the most important event for hip-hop heads. 1. This is the place to discover your next fav hip-hop artist I wasn’t there, but in 2014, Mashayabhuqe KaMamba stole the show at Back To The...

Read more

Black Coffee explains how his collaboration with Drake came about

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 28 March 2017

Black Coffee explains how his collaboration with Drake came about

Black Coffee is the man of the moment. Getting shouts from his BFF Diddy, and also appearing on Drake’s record-breaking “playlist” More Life, which dropped last week. He recently sat down with American music website Pigeons & Planes to discuss how his collaboration with Drake came about. The song followed Drake playing Black Coffee’s song...

Read more

Twitter calls for a diverse Miss South Africa

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 March 2017

Twitter calls for a diverse Miss South Africa

Yesterday, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters got crowned Miss South Africa 2017. Among the congratulatory messages on Twitter, some tweeps were disgruntled about the lack of diversity within the pageant. Some even questioned the importance of beauty pageants in 2017. Below are some tweets that caught our eye. Next year we wanna see afros, cornrows, beads , albinos...

Read more

Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 March 2017

Four artists protest the lack of transformation at the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards

Award shows have become a platform for artists to voice their frustrations about their respective industries. Remember Riky Rick at the Metro FM Awards? Adele at the Grammys, and and and? Four Cape Town-based artists Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhlebezwe Siwani and Zikhona Jacobs joined the list of those artists during last night’s 52nd Fleur...

Read more

Gemini Major totally owns the new Fresh 2 Def album

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 15 March 2017

Gemini Major totally owns the new Fresh 2 Def album

Last week Friday, Da L.E.S released F2D Presents: Hall of Fame, a surprise compilation album showcasing artists signed to his Fresh 2 Def imprint and its partner labels Young Legend Music (owned by Yanga) and Rudebuoy Major (owned by Gemini Major). And it’s bananas! – with features from industry heavyweights like L-Tido, Maggz and NoMoozle. It’s on...

Read more

Meet the young woman lobbying for a second police station in SA’s murder capital, Nyanga

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 14 March 2017

Meet the young woman lobbying for a second police station in SA’s murder capital, Nyanga

“I’m not an activist,” says the soft-spoken Nelisa Ngqulana, as she sits on the couch of her living room in Fish Hoek. “I think of it as, if there’s an issue, I respond as an active citizen.” She may not consider herself an activist but her petition for a second police station in South Africa’s...

Read more

Riky Rick’s advice to young musicians: “Forget radio”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 February 2017

Riky Rick’s advice to young musicians: “Forget radio”

The Metro FM Awards were just too lit. Mostly for the wrong reasons. A lot of the winnings didn’t add up. The most notable being Nasty C taking Song of the Year beating both Kwesta and Babes Wodumo for “Ngud’” and “Wololo” respectively. Whaaaaat?! Riky Rick, as you might already know, in his acceptance speech...

Read more

Shekhinah signs to SONY Music Entertainment Africa

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 22 February 2017

Shekhinah signs to SONY Music Entertainment Africa

Shekinah, who you should know for her hits “Back to the Beach” and “Let You Know”, just signed to the major label Sony Music Entertainment Africa. She announced the signing to her fans on Facebook. She posted pictures of herself at the company’s offices with the caption: “Sony and me, finally! The results inevitably here...

Read more

Oh no, A-Reece, BenchmarQ, Fifi Cooper and La Flame just left Ambitiouz Ent

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 17 February 2017

Oh no, A-Reece, BenchmarQ, Fifi Cooper and La Flame just left Ambitiouz Ent

We didn’t see this one coming. Today, in a series of tweets, the rapper A-Reece announced that he was leaving the label he released his debut album Paradise under. He tweeted this morning, “To whom this may concern the most: The fans. I would like to say that I’m no longer a part of #AmbitiouzEnt...

Read more

5 SA performances you need to see this weekend at the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 10 February 2017

5 SA performances you need to see this weekend at the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival returns to Cape Town (and also Jozi, this time around) this weekend, and as usual, it promises to be a jump. Below we recommend five acts you shouldn’t miss at the Grand Parade in Cape Town. Zaki Ibrahim Zaki is an amazing performer. She’s light on her feet, and...

Read more