AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Jaak

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Meet Bittereinder

I discovered the three piece Afrikaans outfit Bittereinder through the internet and fell in love with them because of their live performance. Their music, a bass-heavy flurry of high-energy drops and subdued melodies, develops a different personality on stage, often in stark contrast to the studio recordings. Bleeps become filtered echoes; drum patterns change, or disappear completely....

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°17

Rounding up some music videos we’ve been tweeting over the past weeks, this is your Friday Music Break. Produced by the hardest working rapper in Kinshasa, Lexxus (that’s him in the video, scouting for new talent in...

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

My favorite photographs N°2: Scott Williams

South African photographer Scott Williams is the second guest in our new weekly series. He has, he says, masqueraded as a freelance photographer during his lunchtimes and after-hours for some eight years. “I love to document the...

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Hip-hop’s Language Problem

Rob Boffard writing in The Guardian: Hip-hop in South Africa faces the same problems all music faces – how do you reach as wide an audience as possible? But it has additional posers unique to this country...

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Konfab’s Lost Tapes

Pioneer Unit’s on fire. Yet another release by the Cape Town label, this time a collection of ‘lost tapes’ by Lesotho-born musician Konfab, who describes himself as a “presently disadvantaged, previously dissed and damaged, seriously pissed-off, with...

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