Live Mag

Cassper Nyovest was right, Thuto is his best album so far

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 5 May 2017

Cassper Nyovest was right, Thuto is his best album so far

Not that it was a difficult feat to achieve. His last two albums were pap. One listen to an album isn’t enough to conclude all its merits and demerits, but Thuto sounds fresh. This is the first time I’m listening to a Nyovest album in its entirety. His previous two disappointed me. Both were scattered...

Read more

These UK Guys’ reactions to South African hip-hop videos is the best thing on the internet right now

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 4 May 2017

These UK Guys’ reactions to South African hip-hop videos is the best thing on the internet right now

There’s a group of five young UK music lovers on YouTube, who call themselves UK Guys. They are showing major love to South African hip-hop songs by recording themselves watching the music videos and then reacting to them. They have reacted to videos by artists including AKA, Gemini Major, Cassper Nyovest and Nasty C. On...

Read more

This is why Cassper Nyovest uses R10 notes on the video for “Tito Mboweni”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 2 May 2017

This is why Cassper Nyovest uses R10 notes on the video for “Tito Mboweni”

On the video for “Tito Mboweni”, his latest single, Cassper Nyovest flosses with 10 bucks notes – a part of the video a reasonable number of fans laughed off. For a guy who has “a Bentley and a Bentley”, you’d expect at least R100 notes, right? Well, according to Cassper Nyovest’s manager, T-Lee Moiloa, it...

Read more

Street Player: Watch Darien dance to new track by Groove Armada

by: Live Staff - 26 April 2017

Street Player: Watch Darien dance to new track by Groove Armada

Our latest Street Player video was shot near the Grand Parade food shops in Cape Town. Darien Petersen dances with the seagulls to Jamie Jones “Drip Drop” Remix of Groove Armanda’s Slarta Jon-featuring song.   RELATED: SA music duo Black Motion features on UK dance music curation series Street Player Watch the latest Street Player...

Read more

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

Street Player: Watch dancer Simone move to DJ Shimza and Busiswa’s “Party Ka Shimza”

by: Live Staff - 4 April 2017

Street Player: Watch dancer Simone move to DJ Shimza and Busiswa’s “Party Ka Shimza”

Our latest Street Player video was shot next to the ocean in Cape Town’s Sea Point. Simone Momple dances to “Party Ka Shimza” by DJ Shimza and DJ Thakzin, featuring Busiswa. Street Player is a YouTube-based dance music curation platform that features exclusive original tracks accompanied by young people dancing in public spaces. The series...

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

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...

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 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...

Read more