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Rare: Conscious Kwaito

South African kwaito house with an explicit message: we don’t get to hear it often. Shota’s Etshwaleni has been playing in clubs for months, I’m told. Its straightforward lyrics make…..

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Mixtapes and Megaupload

I was going to post the link to Das Racist’s latest offering, a funny, irreverent and poignant mixtape by Heems AKA Himanshi Suri, unofficial leader of the NYC rap group, but the FBI has just shut down the file sharing site Megaupload, which Heems used to post his free mixtape, “Nehru jackets.” Apparently Megaupload has been accused of pursuing a business model based on copyright infringement. This comes after a week of high profile protests against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). Interesting times indeed.

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The ANC Goes Pop

In May South Africans go to the polls to vote for new local councils. With few surprises, the result should be predictable. But the parties are going through the electioneering…..

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Postcard from Jo'burg

Like many others, US photographer Krisanne Johnson headed to South Africa earlier this month but, as The New Yorker points out, she didn’t go there for the football. Johnson has…..

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Bring on Summer

While its freezing in New York City (including a snow storm last week that shut down the city) and my time is taken up by job talks and teaching, my…..

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Music, Chief Boima's 'African By The Bay'

The first collection of remixes from San Francisco-based DJ Chief Boima. Consists of Afro dance remixes of, among others pop hits by Birdman, Akon, The Jacka and Fabo & T-Pain……

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Nutty Nys, 'Nika Mo Dira'

I use to like kwaito (and some house music) in the 1990s, but I can’t shake the beat of this song which I heard the first time last year. (I…..

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Music Break / Tumi

The new video for “Bambazela,” the new single by Johannesburg rapper Tumi (of Tumi and the Volume). This time Tumi does not rap in his usual English only. Good for…..