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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...

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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...

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SA music duo Black Motion features on UK dance music curation series Street Player

by: Aziwe Rayi - 6 March 2017

SA music duo Black Motion features on UK dance music curation series Street Player

Introducing “Street Player”, a YouTube-based dance music curation platform that features exclusive original tracks accompanied by young people dancing in public spaces. The series is meant to not only put you onto the latest dance music but to also showcase some of the most talented dancers on the scene in places around South Africa that...

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9 young South African producers behind your favourite hip-hop hits

by: Live Staff - 2 March 2017

9 young South African producers behind your favourite hip-hop hits

South African hip-hop producers are getting younger with every year that passes, while the genre continues to grow. Below is a list of some new young producers who have produced big hip-hop singles like Riky Rick’s “Sidl’ ukotini”, Stogie T’s “By Any Means”, A-Reece’s “Zimbali”, Nasty C’s “Juice Back”, DJ Vigi and Cassper Nyovest’s “Ayeye”....

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Riky Rick’s advice to young musicians: “Forget radio”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 February 2017

Riky Rick’s advice to young musicians: “Forget radio”

The Metro FM Awards were just too lit. Mostly for the wrong reasons. A lot of the winnings didn’t add up. The most notable being Nasty C taking Song of the Year beating both Kwesta and Babes Wodumo for “Ngud’” and “Wololo” respectively. Whaaaaat?! Riky Rick, as you might already know, in his acceptance speech...

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Limpopo’s hottest rapper: “If Cassper Nyovest can fill up The Dome, I can fill up the stadium where I’m from”

by: Nhlawulo Chauke - 22 February 2017

Limpopo’s hottest rapper: “If Cassper Nyovest can fill up The Dome, I can fill up the stadium where I’m from”

Dala Fam, a 24-year-old rapper from Waterval, Limpopo, did a remix to Nasty C’s hit “Hell Naw” last year. He shared the song with Moloko Pretoria host Deso Banks and Moloko Pretoria club DJ Tyga Banks. One of them passed the song onto Nasty C. Nasty C was clearly impressed with the remix, as he...

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This black metal band from Soweto used to get called satanist, but things are slowly changing

by: Precious Mishombo - 22 February 2017

This black metal band from Soweto used to get called satanist, but things are slowly changing

The first thing that strikes you is their faces. They are covered in corpse paint, their dreadlocks whip back and forth, while tattoos stretch across their arms as they jump in ankle-high black boots and All Stars. This is Demogoroth Satanum, the all-black, black metal band out of Soweto. The band is made up of...

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Shekhinah signs to SONY Music Entertainment Africa

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 22 February 2017

Shekhinah signs to SONY Music Entertainment Africa

Shekinah, who you should know for her hits “Back to the Beach” and “Let You Know”, just signed to the major label Sony Music Entertainment Africa. She announced the signing to her fans on Facebook. She posted pictures of herself at the company’s offices with the caption: “Sony and me, finally! The results inevitably here...

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Okay Wasabi makes viral parodies of your favourite rap songs, and the Internet loves him

by: Athenkosi Guntu - 16 February 2017

Okay Wasabi makes viral parodies of your favourite rap songs, and the Internet loves him

George Mnguni (24), known online as Okay Wasabi, hopes to become a comedian in the future, and get into TV, having a show similar to the Pure Monate Show. But for now, he has the Internet eating out of the palm of his hand, with his viral parody videos. His parody of DJ City Lyts’s...

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5 SA performances you need to see this weekend at the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 10 February 2017

5 SA performances you need to see this weekend at the Cape Town Electronic Music Festival

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival returns to Cape Town (and also Jozi, this time around) this weekend, and as usual, it promises to be a jump. Below we recommend five acts you shouldn’t miss at the Grand Parade in Cape Town. Zaki Ibrahim Zaki is an amazing performer. She’s light on her feet, and...

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