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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...

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What Joe Mafela’s legacy means to me as a “born free”

by: Carlos Ncube - 20 March 2017

What Joe Mafela’s legacy means to me as a “born free”

My first memory of Joe Mafela is that of him playing S’dumo, particularly the fact that he used to recycle teabags. His tendency to do this made him a running joke in my family. We’d always say we’d do the same if we fall on hard times. The news of his death this week really...

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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...

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Watch the latest Street Player video featuring legendary house DJ Black Coffee

by: Onele Liwani - 16 March 2017

Watch the latest Street Player video featuring legendary house DJ Black Coffee

Our latest Street Player video, shot in Langa township in Cape Town, features legendary South African DJ Black Coffee. Dancer, Leo Picasso Jose, shows us how to move to Inseparable by Black Coffee (Ft. Ribatone). “Street Player”, is a YouTube-based dance music curation platform that features exclusive original tracks accompanied by young people dancing in...

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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...

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Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

by: Live Staff - 9 March 2017

Up-and-coming author reads an eloquent excerpt from his upcoming book

Rofhiwa Maneta, a writer based in Cape Town is releasing his self-published book at the end of the month. The book will be called Metanoia, and is a collection of short stories Rofhiwa, who’s originally from Jozi, wrote since moving to Cape Town in 2014. “Initially the book was meant to be a sacrilegious bible...

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Meet the up-and-coming Durban rapper performing at SXSW

by: Aziwe Rayi - 9 March 2017

Meet the up-and-coming Durban rapper performing at SXSW

For any artist, getting international recognition means you must be doing something right with your craft. And now the same can be said about Simphiwe Nyawose (24), better known as Robin ThirdFloor, a young hip-hop artist from Umlazi, Durban. He is scheduled to perform at the SXSW festival in Texas, which starts tomorrow. “It was...

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Watch a short film tackling transphobia in the woke community

by: Onele Liwani - 8 March 2017

Watch a short film tackling transphobia in the woke community

We’ve all had those nights, you know the ones, where all the drinking and dancing ends up with you and your friends passed out in the living room. This familiar scene is how this episode of web-series, The Foxy Five opens. The Foxy Five is created, directed and written by Jabu Nadia Newman who is...

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8 young women making us proud on International Women’s Day

by: Live Staff - 8 March 2017

8 young women making us proud on International Women’s Day

As March 8 marks International Women’s Day we put you onto women doing the most in music, online media, politics, fashion and more. Rouge, rapper and brand ambassador Pretorian rapper Rouge cemented her spot in South African music industry in 2014 with her debut single, “Party”.  The 24-year-old has also worked alongside artists like Reason,...

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9 young South African producers behind your favourite hip-hop hits

by: Live Staff - 2 March 2017

9 young South African producers behind your favourite hip-hop hits

South African hip-hop producers are getting younger with every year that passes, while the genre continues to grow. Below is a list of some new young producers who have produced big hip-hop singles like Riky Rick’s “Sidl’ ukotini”, Stogie T’s “By Any Means”, A-Reece’s “Zimbali”, Nasty C’s “Juice Back”, DJ Vigi and Cassper Nyovest’s “Ayeye”....

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