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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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He started a publishing house turning sermons into books

by: Geraldine Amoko - 20 January 2017

He started a publishing house turning sermons into books

Evidence Sello Magaga II (23) says he would always find himself asking a friend after church what the sermon was about. And when he realised he wasn’t the only one who struggled to remember, he transcribed live recordings and turned them into books, which he publishes under his company Ready T Publishing. When he published his...

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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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The 10 best South African music videos of 2016

by: Aseza Pupuma - 19 December 2016

The 10 best South African music videos of 2016

We compile a list of some of the music videos that we thought deserved a standing ovation this year, from Kwesta’s James Bond-esque “Mayibabo”, the short film that is “Ekuseni” by Sjava, the minimalistic “Come to my Kasi” by Priddy Ugly, and more. The list is in no particular order. 1. DJ Citi Lyts ft....

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Dear Joburg, where is the “arts” in the Newtown Arts Precinct?

by: Qhakaza Mthembu - 15 December 2016

Dear Joburg, where is the “arts” in the Newtown Arts Precinct?

Three days ago, the renowned Joburg performance venue, Bassline, was announced to be closing down. Qhakaza Mthembu, who is one of the founders of the poetry movement Word N Sound is not that perturbed, as she feels the Newtown Arts Precinct (where Bassline is) doesn’t care that much about the arts. Ten years ago you...

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How Anatii totally owned 2016

by: Lebohang Morake - 15 December 2016

How Anatii totally owned 2016

As we’re nearing the end of 2016, one thing’s for sure, the producer, singer and rapper Anatii has had one hell of a year. He dropped his debut album Artiifact and brought RnB heartthrob Omarion on his Artiifact Tour. The duo recently released the video for their song “Tell Me”. Anatii has also bagged two...

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[Video] Lines from your favourite SA rappers that don’t make sense

by: Aseza Pupuma - 14 December 2016

[Video] Lines from your favourite SA rappers that don’t make sense

While we are still trying to figure out the logic behind Emtee’s “She used to ride me like a rodeo/ Until she heard me on the radio” line, he strikes again with another line that doesn’t make any sense. This time on Stogie T’s self-tiled album. On the video below, our contributors Mayuyuka Kaunda and...

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The 10 best South African hip-hop verses of 2016

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 13 December 2016

The 10 best South African hip-hop verses of 2016

From Blaklez’s effortless cadences, K.O’s multi-syllabic delivery, to Emtee’s combination of rapping and singing, we bring you the verses we found impressive this year. In no particular order. 1. Emtee on Stogie T’s “By Any Means” On Stogie T’s “By Any Means”, Emtee delivers another one of his catchy hooks. He also proceeds to drop...

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The 10 best South African albums of 2016

by: Live Staff - 8 December 2016

The 10 best South African albums of 2016

2016 showed us flames, but musically it was one of the best. From Zaki Ibrahim’s experimental electronica EP Orbit: A Postcoital Prequel, to Priddy Ugly’s unique take on trap You Don’t Know Me Yet, to Jullian Gomes’s deep house masterpiece Late Dreamer, we bring you our favourite albums of the year. In no particular order. 1. Priddy...

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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 a few you definitely need on your playlist this festive season: Tellaman Tellaman doesn’t dab,...

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