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Popular slang words and the South African hip-hop artists who popularised them

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 7 November 2016

Popular slang words and the South African hip-hop artists who popularised them

Nowadays we call just about anyone a “Stan” for being obsessed with a particular artist. But how many of you remember that it came from Eminem’s song by the same name? In the same way, there are certain South African slang words that have wormed their way into everyday use that would probably not exist,...

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This review of Nasty C’s “Bad Hair” album might upset you if you’re a fan

by: Live Staff - 3 November 2016

This review of Nasty C’s “Bad Hair” album might upset you if you’re a fan

Nasty C‘s debut album Bad Hair was released about a month ago. Two of our contributors debate whether it’s good or not. Mayuyuka Kaunda wasn’t impressed with the album. “I really didn’t get to know who Nasty C is as a person,” he says. “You go from intro to interlude, who the fuck does that?” Aseza Pupuma,...

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How this Cape Town afro soul duo went from performing on trains and taxi ranks to being promising stars

by: Andisiwe Ntoni - 31 October 2016

How this Cape Town afro soul duo went from performing on trains and taxi ranks to being promising stars

On their popular single, “Ngeny’ilanga”, which has about 34,000 YouTube views, the up-and-coming Cape Town afro soul duo Soul Kulture tell an emotive story of hope. On the video, they go from performing in the hood, to being discovered by a music executive who’s astounded by their talent. The song sums up Soul Kulture’s story. The...

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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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This is why the MTV Africa Music Awards are pap

by: Misa Narrates - 25 October 2016

This is why the MTV Africa Music Awards are pap

For years, African artists have been included in “African Music”categories in award shows around the world, but after 2009 there was finally an African MTV award show that artists could be featured on for more than one collective category. Awarding African musicians on home ground makes the most sense, but when it comes to implementation,...

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Mashayabhuqe KaMamba talks us through the importance of clan names

by: Nqobile Sithole - 30 September 2016

Mashayabhuqe KaMamba talks us through the importance of clan names

We asked young people around Braamfontein if they knew their clan names, and very few did. “I’m not traditional,” one said. We also got musician Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, whose music is modern but has deep traditional roots, to break down the importance of clan names. D.O.P: Nqobile Sithole Video editor: Makgotso Nkosi ​

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In memory of Mandoza, one of the most confident kwaito artists of all time

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 19 September 2016

In memory of Mandoza, one of the most confident kwaito artists of all time

Even though he had been reduced to just a face on a meme for “bad English” and hadn’t released music that resonated since the mid-2000s, Mandoza was an important figure in South African culture. We all know how “Nkalakatha” became a song loved by all races, playing in both the hood and rugby matches. The...

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How Kimosabe went from being a hostile rapper to a flourishing singer and producer

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 6 September 2016

How Kimosabe went from being a hostile rapper to a flourishing singer and producer

Kimosabe’s hauntingly beautiful vocals are all over radio these days. Be it on DJ Clock’s latest dancefloor anthem “Wolves” or DJ Dimplez’s “Bet It All” alongside the rapper Maggz. Last year, the vocalist appeared on DJ Ganyani’s House Grooves 9 album on a song called “Heaven”. However, Kimosabe’s not just a vocalist. He’s a producer,...

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#RBMAJozi: 7 acts you have to see at the Red Bull Music Academy weekender in Jozi

by: Buhle Nikelo - 31 August 2016

#RBMAJozi: 7 acts you have to see at the Red Bull Music Academy weekender in Jozi

This weekend (1 – 4 September), the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender Johannesburg will bring a diverse line-up of artists, to different parts of Jozi. The Bassline, And Club, Kitcheners, Carfax, Great Dane, 1 Fox Newtown and Zone 6 Soweto, will host a total of 60 artists. We understand it can be overwhelming to choose...

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5 male musicians on the female artists who inspire them

by: Live Staff - 18 August 2016

5 male musicians on the female artists who inspire them

Mashayabhuqe KaMamba says Busi Mhlongo helped him build his subgenre digital maskandi. Youngsta is inspired by Queen Latifah to rep his city hard. More hot young male musicians like Kimosabe, DJ Fosta, TiMO ODV share the female artists who inspire them below. Kimosabe on Alicia Keys (Interviewed by Sabelo Mkhabela) Alicia is a musician. See, she embraces the...

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