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5 black spaces in Stellenbosch you might not know about

by: Misa Narrates - 25 November 2016

5 black spaces in Stellenbosch you might not know about

White people make up less than 20% of the people in Stellenbosch, but the minute you get to Stellenbosch University it feels like black people are the minority. Actually, students of colour at SU are only 37.8% of the varsity. But where do young black people in Stellenbosch hang out? Below are five black spaces that are worth...

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[Video] This is why South African rappers sound the same

by: Live Staff - 17 November 2016

[Video] This is why South African rappers sound the same

Would you say your favourite South African rappers are original? Well, after listening to A-Reece’s new album Paradise, two of our contributors found themselves asking the same question. Aseza Pupuma didn’t like it because “everything on the album sounded the same; ‘Couldn’t’ sounded like ‘Ama Hater’”. While Mayuyuka Kaunda sees it this way: “If everyone is...

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[Video] Electronic music duo Stiff Pap’s new single will have even hip-hop heads moving

by: Lufuno Ramadwa - 8 November 2016

[Video] Electronic music duo Stiff Pap’s new single will have even hip-hop heads moving

We recently took a walk around Cape Town CBD with electronic music duo, Stiff Pap. The group is made up of producer Mshindi AKA Jakinda (20) and rapper Ayema Probllem (20) who describe themselves as one of the most progressive new acts in the country. To switch things up a bit, we got hip-hop dancers from a crew...

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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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5 must-see African films at the Joburg Film Festival

by: Lebohang Ntoele - 26 October 2016

5 must-see African films at the Joburg Film Festival

The Joburg Film Festival starts this Friday and will be on until November 5. Up to 60 films will be screened at 20 different venues across Jozi and Soweto, so it’s also a great way for you to see the city. Here are 5 films from across the continent that you should definitely check out:...

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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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4 times Mzwakhe Mbuli was a parody of himself

by: Mayuyuka Kaunda - 21 October 2016

4 times Mzwakhe Mbuli was a parody of himself

Mzwakhe Mbuli is the people’s poet. Mzwakhe Mbuli was the people’s poet. Poems of his, like “The Spear Has Fallen” released around 1988, shows how substantial his work was in opposing the previous regime. These days, however, the living legend lays claim to being a resounding must-fallist: pinpointing everything wrong around us with fervour. A cultural...

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