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Patty Monroe displays vulnerability and versatility on her debut album

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 February 2017

Patty Monroe displays vulnerability and versatility on her debut album

The Cape Town rapper Patty Monroe was “Killing it” in 2016. Not only did this collaborative single with Uganda’s Bebe Cool, get voted number 1 on the #AfricanCollabos fan poll, but she performed in Kenya and Uganda – her first gigs outside South Africa. But if 2016 proved she could rap with the best of them, 2017...

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Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 February 2017

Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

Love is the universal truth that connects us all. We fall in and out of it, feel the butterflies in our stomach and the stabs of jealousy in our gut, whether we live comfortably in the suburbs or sleep rough on the streets. That’s the message behind Noncedo Mathibela’s new exhibition, To Love or Not...

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Watch AKA and Bonang’s baecation on his new video

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 3 February 2017

Watch AKA and Bonang’s baecation on his new video

AKA and Bonang are #RelationshipGoals, no doubt. On the rapper’s latest video for the song “The World is Yours”, he is on holiday in Thailand apparently. He’s alone in most of the shots in the video, but there’s a steaming shot of him and Bonang kissing in a swimming pool that should set the tone...

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This is why this Cape Town rapper is performing in people’s bedrooms

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 1 February 2017

This is why this Cape Town rapper is performing in people’s bedrooms

A petite rapper and her three-piece band perform in front of an intimate audience of about 20 people in a house in Kloof Nek Street, Cape Town. She raps and sings about personal issues like still living in her mother’s tiny flat at 25, having male friends wanting to get into her pants even though...

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Some vital advice for first-years from two of SA’s top vloggers

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 26 January 2017

Some vital advice for first-years from two of SA’s top vloggers

University is a strange place for a first-year, and completely different to high school. Popular YouTube vlogger Sibu Mpanza recently teamed up with fellow vlogger and founder of the YouTube series Broke Niggaz, Menzi Anarchadium, to give some advice to first-years. Some of his tips include, “Don’t allow anyone to bully you in varsity” and...

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SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 20 January 2017

SA-born, NY-based poet, Lee Mokobe writes a moving poem ahead of Trump’s inauguration

New York-based South African poet and TED Fellow Lee Mokobe doesn’t hold anything back in his poetry. His latest poem, “The Not Yet Burning Country”, makes comparisons between how South Africa handled xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia to how America, with the election of Donald Trump, is poised to deal with immigrants. The poem is in...

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Watch the trailer of The Wound, a film about sexuality and manhood

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 19 January 2017

Watch the trailer of The Wound, a film about sexuality and manhood

You can now watch a trailer of The Wound, a South African film that aims to challenge narrow depictions of African masculinity. The film, which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival (January 19 to 29) in Utah, USA, stars soul singer Nakhane Touré and actor Bongile Mantsai, winner of a 2011 Fleur Du Cap award...

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7 dope South African trapsoul singers you need in your life before the year ends

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 25 November 2016

7 dope South African trapsoul singers you need in your life before the year ends

2016 brought us melodic trap music, known as trapsoul (named after American singer Bryson Tiller’s album of the same name). South Africa, not to be left behind, has also produced a few trapsoul singers who are holding it down. Here are a few you definitely need on your playlist this festive season: Tellaman Tellaman doesn’t...

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[Pictures] Heavy police presence disrupts #FeesMustFall parliament protest

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 October 2016

[Pictures] Heavy police presence disrupts #FeesMustFall parliament protest

Yesterday, Cape Town #FeesMustFall students marched to parliament to protest for free and decolonised education. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was giving the mid-term budget policy statement in parliament. The minister came out to accept and sign the students’ memorandum then went back into the National Assembly. Students stayed outside parliament singing protest songs. In the afternoon, chaos ensued....

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Ambitiouz Ent is running SA hip-hop, here’s a list of our favourite hits from the stable

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 26 October 2016

Ambitiouz Ent is running SA hip-hop, here’s a list of our favourite hits from the stable

You’ve heard the the tag – the “Ambitious” whisper at the beginning of your favourite SA trap songs. Ambitiouz Ent is undebatably the best hip-hop stable in South Africa currently. It’s home to Emtee, Fifi Cooper, A-Reece, B3nchmarQ, DJ Citi Lyts, Miss Pru DJ and Saudi and their latest signee, Amanda Black. The label has...

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