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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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Nasty C talks awards, being let down by AKA and how Cassper saved the day

by: Shingai Darangwa - 20 January 2016

Nasty C talks awards, being let down by AKA and how Cassper saved the day

Nasty C’s story begins in the narrow halls of his dad’s house in Durban. His 11-year-old brother is holding up a camera phone as he raps and dances shirtless around the house. They had no way of knowing it then, but the song they were recording, “Juice Back”, would become a massive hit, thrusting him...

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Mafikizolo and Cassper Nyovest rock Cape Town’s Festival of Lights 2015

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 7 December 2015

Mafikizolo and Cassper Nyovest rock Cape Town’s Festival of Lights 2015

Mafikizolo and Cassper Nyovest both impressed at the Cape Town Festival of Lights. Take away the mini stampede and the customary sound hiccups, the festival was entertaining. Cassper Nyovest is a superstar. You think you know that until you get to see his live performance. He had thousands of Capetonians rapping along to his verses...

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What’s next for Brian Soko: the Zimbabwean producer behind Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love”?

by: Shingai Darangwa - 12 November 2015

What’s next for Brian Soko: the Zimbabwean producer behind Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love”?

When Brian Soko stepped onto the main stage at the Grammy Awards to receive the Grammy for Best R&B Song – awarded for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s hit song “Drunk In Love”, which he produced – he became the first Zimbabwean, and one of a handful of African artists, to have received the most prestigious award...

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9 South African songs we loved in the month of September

by: Live Staff - 30 September 2015

9 South African songs we loved in the month of September

From AKA’s diss track to Cassper, “Composure” which broke the internet, to Black Coffee and Nakhane Toure’s boundary-breaking collaboration, to Dookoom’s unapologetic collaboration with David Banner and many more, September brought us exciting tunes from South Africa. Live SA contributors each pick their favourite songs and let you know why they are great.   Black Coffee...

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5 of the best South African new school diss tracks

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 23 September 2015

5 of the best South African new school diss tracks

Too many battles are being settled on Twitter. We want music, as one house music legend tweeted, after Drake released the diss track to Meek Mill “Back to Back” in July. Black Coffee tweeted: “Now that’s hip hop, not this nonsense some of our local hip hop artists do. Some even attacking tweeps. Put [it]...

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Cape Town’s Ipotsoyi Spring Festival in pictures

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 15 September 2015

Cape Town’s Ipotsoyi Spring Festival in pictures

Yeezy Boosts and Jordans that looked like they were stepping on dust for the first time, Carvellas, Vans and All Stars that insinuated familiarity to gravel and high heels that seemed out of place were all domicile at Cape Town’s Ostrich Ranch last Saturday. The annual Ipotsoyi Spring Festival hosted by deejay duo, Groove Afrika attracted...

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Funniest reactions to AKAs new diss track #Composure

by: Shingai Darangwa - 11 September 2015

Funniest reactions to AKAs new diss track #Composure

AKA dropped his new diss track #Composure this week and Twitter exploded. He ruffled a few feathers with controversial references to Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick and, to everyone’s surprise, Anatii – whom he recently collaborated with on hit track ‘The Saga’. Here are some of the funniest reactions.   Follow Shingai on twitter

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Creative Hustles : Are musicians standing in the way of their own greatness?

by: Morwesi Ndlovu - 22 July 2015

Creative Hustles : Are musicians standing in the way of their own greatness?

Creative Hustles, was organised by Livity Africa with the help of the British Council, planned to fill in some of the missing gaps by inviting industry people to a discussion on these issues. The panel, facilitated by Lee Kasumba, consisted of Mulo Hlongwane former Yfm DJ; Johan Venter an electronic music producer; Allison Swank a...

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