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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

South African Hip Hop–An Outsider’s Perspective

One evening while channel surfing at home, I stumbled upon what sounded like a rap cypher* on the radio. Quickly, I got up to look for an empty cassette tape nearby. Once I found one (a see-through Sonotech C-60 if memory serves right), hurriedly inserted it into the tape deck, and pressed the record button. That moment marked my

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Naija Podcast, Episode 2: Featuring Dr Jibrin Ibrahim

On Friday 2nd, Elnathan John and I met with Dr Jibrin Ibrahim for the second episode of our Naija Podcast series (here’s the first episode). In 45 minutes, we discussed three hot topics: the question of Fulani...

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

20 Years of Freedom in South Africa: What do hip hop heads in Cape Town make of elections

Having been hosted by the likes of DJ Ready D, Big Dre, Shameen, and Wanda, just to mention a few, Headwarmaz is now in the hands of the new generation of Cape Town hip hop in the...

Friday, September 6th, 2013

African Radio’s growing and enduring popularity

A few days ago, I overheard a BBC World Service presenter announce an on air discussion on media in Africa by saying that many young people “do away with radio and television” and get their news online...

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Weekend Music Break, N°35

We hardly ever feature Brazilian music, and even less their take on Afrobeat. The above tune by the Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra dates from last year, but the video’s new. Hope to see more from them. We’ve got 9...

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Why is South Africa such a violent society

Post by Palesa Mazamisa* The heinous, brutal rape and subsequent slaughtering of Anene Booysen in South Africa’s Western Cape province has brought into the open, once again, the miry underbelly of our rainbow nation. At the heart of violence...

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