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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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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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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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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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