Kenzhero celebrates ten years in hip-hop

Soweto-born DJ Kenzhero, the man behind Party People, has cooked up a major line-up for the Party People Reunion. It’s all going down this weekend on 3 December in Newtown at the OST Block Party. Daluxolo Moloantoa caught up with this legendary party starter and producer for a quickie interview.

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The joy of jazz

Having only begun in 1999, the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival has rapidly developed into something of a grand-eloquent event featuring a sound of attraction for refined music aficionados writes Ziphilele Moyake.

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The Very Best carry the baton for Afro-pop

One is Malawian. One is Swedish. Together they are called The Very Best. Since their debut album in 2009 they’ve been on a mission to “free African music of its touristy tones”. Daluxolo Moloantoa chats to producer Johan Karlberg.

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Cape Town keeps Neo Muyanga connected to his roots

Seasoned traveller and multi-talented musician, Neo Muyanga chats to Arts Review about living in Cape Town, his enthralling soulful tunes and curating PASS.

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Is There a Future For Digital Music in SA?

Despite high levels of e-commerce related anxieties induced by technophobia, the potential of digital music downloads seem set to grow.

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A Jazz Extravaganza

Oumou Sangare waltzed onto the stage spinning a calabash strung with cowry shells in the air, in sync with the music, delivering potent call-and-response jams, writes Tiisetso Tlelima.

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Jazz Column: Jazz On the Fringes of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

In an article titled The Jazz Side of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, Don Albert writes: “Long before Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was translated into the 13 official languages of South Africa, Charlie Haden and Carla Bley rendered it to the language of jazz.”

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Jazz Column: Scratching The Surface

The Manhattan Brothers were arguably the first signpost of jazz’s fruitful beginnings in South Africa. A vocal quartet, which, at some point, roped in a poor tap dance routine into the fray of their stage renditions to improve on their monotonous singing performances.

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Bongeziwe Mabandla: Going Back To His Roots

If SABC 1’s Live and Music Lounge shows are anything to go by, it’s pretty clear that young people are repulsed by traditional music. They’d rather listen to Rihanna, Keri Hilson, Teargas or Winnie Khumalo. We speak to 24-year-old musician, Bongeziwe Mabandla, about his passion for African music.

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CD Review: Umlilo – Bongeziwe Mabandla

Bongeziwe Mabandla delivers contagious afro-folk tunes with a contemporary edge on this eccentric 6-track album. Umlilo, “Fire” or “The Cry”, has a serenity that makes one want to retreat to the tranquil hills of the Eastern Cape to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Emile YX: Hip-hop Romanticizes Poverty

We speak to the godfather of South African hip-hop and founder of Black Noise, Emile YX, about the romanticizing of hip-hop, his career as a musician and a teacher, and how coloured musicians are still marginalized in post-apartheid South Africa.

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Malawian leads French-based hip-hop band The Latitudz

code_and_edashsmall.jpg The Latitudz lead vocalist, Edash Quata, wowed Malawians during his visit to Malawi recently. It’s been almost 12 years since Edash last set foot in Malawi, and many of us were worried he wouldn’t be able to connect with the audience.

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Gig Review: Zamajobe - More of the same

zamajobesmall.jpg Smoky lights illuminate the swanky cavern called The Blues Room. The crowd is restless; some look bored, fidgeting with the stems of their glasses while others take the opportunity to swarm the bar till the very last minute. Mostly swish to look at, the Blues Room clientele looks for the most part as if they’ve all, to the man, landed the biggest tender in the room.

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Gig Review: UK Deep House DJs Set Pretoria On Fire

chrisfeinmannsmall.jpg I was fortunate enough to see U.K deep house duo Tom Lynch and Chris Feinmann, not once but twice, during their recent whistle-stop tour of South Africa. Their first performance at Bar9 in Midrand was a little unsatisfactory, the turnout was disappointing, and I felt the gig didn’t reveal the duo at their best. So being the party-animal that I am, I decided to follow them all the way to House 22 in Pretoria for their next performance.

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