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“Born to Kwaito”: A Review

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 31 July 2018

“Born to Kwaito”: A Review

The dawn of democracy in South Africa gave birth to a new sound that blended slowed down house music, bubblegum pop and elements of maskandi. The sound was called kwaito, and it celebrated township life, the youth, and being black in post-apartheid South Africa, Over time, kwaito became the cornerstone of popular music in the...

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Catching up with Kwesta at #LYFE

by: Mamaputle Boikanyo - 22 June 2018

Catching up with Kwesta at #LYFE

Tshituku Ndadza caught up with Kwesta to talk about everything from the LYFE event to his music video being shown at the prestigious Para-Site Art Gallery On 16 June 2018, YFM brought Youth Day to #LYFE with today’s most pioneering, influential and talented artists in South Africa. A string of performers kept the audience dancing...

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AKA’s Life on the Road Episode 4

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 26 January 2018

AKA’s Life on the Road Episode 4

AKA’s latest offering to the fans has come in the form of a four-part doccie called Life on the Road. Life on the Road is exactly as the title suggests, a look at AKA’s life on the road. The story is more like a collection of inserts rather than a complete thought-out narrative. We see...

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Shekhinah: Living her life like it is Rose Gold

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 20 October 2017

Shekhinah: Living her life like it is Rose Gold

The dream of becoming a singer started back in primary school for Shekhinah. “You learn to dream big in a small place like Durban,” she says. “I remember my first performance being a school play in grade 7. Parents came up to my family after the play and were like, your child can really sing.”...

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Champagne 69 for the pain

by: Sandile Ngwenya - 19 October 2017

Champagne 69 for the pain

Champagne69 is probably the coolest thing to happen to South African Hip-hop this year. The duo from Midrand, whose real names are Siyanda ‘Siyangena69’ Mdledle and William ‘Willestilios’ Nkuna have been causing mass hysteria everywhere they go, from concerts to street culture festivals. ”We are just two creative black guys hustling, bringing the wave to...

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5 Gqom artists you need to know

by: Sandile Ngwenya - 10 October 2017

5 Gqom artists you need to know

There are few things that are as infectious as Gqom, when the beat hits, you can’t fight the need to dance. With just two months until we hit the festive season hit, it is time to get acquainted with these 5 Gqom artists who will definitely be filling up the dance floor. Dj Lag Also...

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21 Questions: We get to know rapper Rouge

by: Terry Simelane-Mathabathe - 6 October 2017

21 Questions: We get to know rapper Rouge

Rouge has been putting in the work, and it’s finally starting to pay off. If you don’t know anything about this big-haired rapper, she featured in the smash hit remix of AKA’s Baddest, collaborated on Mbongo Zaka with fellow female rapper Nomuzi Mabena and her latest single Deja Vu hit number 1 on the 5fm...

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Shane Eagle’s career takes flight

by: Cole Ndelu - 4 October 2017

Shane Eagle’s career takes flight

The rapper describes himself as “Revolutionary and a game changer.” Big talk, especially from someone who only has one album. The question is, can he really back it up? It has been about 2 years since his appearance on The Hustle, and a lot has happened. He joined JR’s record label, and then swiftly left....

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Take a trip down memory lane with our Heritage Day playlist

by: Cole Ndelu - 20 September 2017

Take a trip down memory lane with our Heritage Day playlist

We’ve put together a playlist that will have your parents and other relatives shouting, “Oh, that’s my jam!” and will have you singing along too. Music that everyone will enjoy and sway to. Listen to the playlist on Deezer Listen to the playlist on iTunes

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The best of #MampintshaChallenge videos

by: Live Staff - 30 May 2017

The best of #MampintshaChallenge videos

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha weren’t pleased with Babes not getting an award at the SAMAs last weekend. The two artists expressed their dissatisfaction through videos they posted on Instagram. Is this a challenge now? Black Twitter #mampintshachallenge pic.twitter.com/bWFAzLDz9y — On the Move in Music...

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