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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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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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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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#RBMAJozi: 7 acts you have to see at the Red Bull Music Academy weekender in Jozi

by: Buhle Nikelo - 31 August 2016

#RBMAJozi: 7 acts you have to see at the Red Bull Music Academy weekender in Jozi

This weekend (1 – 4 September), the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender Johannesburg will bring a diverse line-up of artists, to different parts of Jozi. The Bassline, And Club, Kitcheners, Carfax, Great Dane, 1 Fox Newtown and Zone 6 Soweto, will host a total of 60 artists. We understand it can be overwhelming to choose...

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5 male musicians on the female artists who inspire them

by: Live Staff - 18 August 2016

5 male musicians on the female artists who inspire them

Mashayabhuqe KaMamba says Busi Mhlongo helped him build his subgenre digital maskandi. Youngsta is inspired by Queen Latifah to rep his city hard. More hot young male musicians like Kimosabe, DJ Fosta, TiMO ODV share the female artists who inspire them below. Kimosabe on Alicia Keys (Interviewed by Sabelo Mkhabela) Alicia is a musician. See, she embraces the...

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Here are the dopest South African posse tracks from the last 10 years

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 22 July 2016

Here are the dopest South African posse tracks from the last 10 years

DJ Switch’s latest single, “Now Or Never”, is a dope posse track. It has had people debating the tightest verse, especially on the remix, which featured 12 emcees. We look back on some of the freshest posse cuts that have come out of South Africa in the past 10 years. Disclaimer: A posse cut must have at...

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7 of the best South African hip-hop verses of 2016 so far

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 June 2016

7 of the best South African hip-hop verses of 2016 so far

Six months into the year and South African rappers have already dropped some of the hottest verses, on posse tracks, you will hear all year. Here are seven of the strongest, in no particular order:   Moozlie on Rouge’s “Mbongo Zaka” Moozle showed great improvement on “Mbongo Zaka”. The verse is one of her strongest...

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10 local songs we would like to hear on the radio

by: Live Staff - 20 May 2016

10 local songs we would like to hear on the radio

It’s been almost a week since the SABC announced that 90% of the playlist must be local. But all we’ve been hearing are old hits. Here are 10 songs made in this era that we would like to hear on the radio.   Lance Theron ft. Candice Thornton “Higher” 5FM, here’s a jam for you....

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9 South African mixtapes and EPs that could have won SAMAs

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 18 May 2016

9 South African mixtapes and EPs that could have won SAMAs

The Grammys, just like the South African Music Awards (SAMAs), do not allow albums that have not been released commercially (like free mixtapes and EPs) to be nominated. But a petition, which was co-signed by Chance The Rapper, to allow free music releases to be eligible for Grammys, caused an online stir recently when it...

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7 of Cape Town rapper Youngsta’s best guest verses

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 11 March 2016

7 of Cape Town rapper Youngsta’s best guest verses

Cape Town rapper Youngsta claims to have “put the Cape up when they made the Cape flat”. He once released 24 mixtapes in less than two years. In 2015 he released 20 videos as part of his #VisualVrydag series. Add an album, about six EPs and numerous singles to that list. He spat one of the most...

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