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The 10 best South African music videos of 2016

by: Aseza Pupuma - 19 December 2016

The 10 best South African music videos of 2016

We compile a list of some of the music videos that we thought deserved a standing ovation this year, from Kwesta’s James Bond-esque “Mayibabo”, the short film that is “Ekuseni” by Sjava, the minimalistic “Come to my Kasi” by Priddy Ugly, and more. The list is in no particular order. 1. DJ Citi Lyts ft....

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Dear Joburg, where is the “arts” in the Newtown Arts Precinct?

by: Qhakaza Mthembu - 15 December 2016

Dear Joburg, where is the “arts” in the Newtown Arts Precinct?

Three days ago, the renowned Joburg performance venue, Bassline, was announced to be closing down. Qhakaza Mthembu, who is one of the founders of the poetry movement Word N Sound is not that perturbed, as she feels the Newtown Arts Precinct (where Bassline is) doesn’t care that much about the arts. Ten years ago you...

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How Anatii totally owned 2016

by: Lebohang Morake - 15 December 2016

How Anatii totally owned 2016

As we’re nearing the end of 2016, one thing’s for sure, the producer, singer and rapper Anatii has had one hell of a year. He dropped his debut album Artiifact and brought RnB heartthrob Omarion on his Artiifact Tour. The duo recently released the video for their song “Tell Me”. Anatii has also bagged two...

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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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The 10 best South African albums of 2016

by: Live Staff - 8 December 2016

The 10 best South African albums of 2016

2016 showed us flames, but musically it was one of the best. From Zaki Ibrahim’s experimental electronica EP Orbit: A Postcoital Prequel, to Priddy Ugly’s unique take on trap You Don’t Know Me Yet, to Jullian Gomes’s deep house masterpiece Late Dreamer, we bring you our favourite albums of the year. In no particular order. 1. Priddy...

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7 dope South African trapsoul singers you need in your life before the year ends

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 25 November 2016

7 dope South African trapsoul singers you need in your life before the year ends

2016 brought us melodic trap music, known as trapsoul (named after American singer Bryson Tiller’s album of the same name). South Africa, not to be left behind, has also produced a few trapsoul singers who are holding it down. Here a few you definitely need on your playlist this festive season: Tellaman Tellaman doesn’t dab,...

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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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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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