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How TikTok is influencing the music charts

In recent years TikTok has proven to disrupt the musical hierarchy that entails that established artists with years of industry experience will always remain chart-toppers. Artists such as Olivia Rodrigo and Benee have seen their music gain popularity due to the app which has aided their journeys to successful music careers. The impact TikTok has…

Mereba expresses newfound stillness through ‘AZEB’

Mereba has spent her life constantly moving. She was born in Montgomery Alabama, was raised in Pennsylvania and spent her teenage and early adult years in North Carolina, Ethiopia, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. This created a sense of restlessness that would translate beautifully into her music. Her debut album, The Jungle is the Only Way Out,…

Industry plants and what they mean

The first time I actively looked up the term ‘industry plant’ was in 2018 when I heard the song Ocean Eyes by the artist Billie Eilish. I had heard the phrase in passing before, years prior, but my active fascination with it grew more and more once I started researching who this artist is. The…

Zu. switches her style with ‘Ndim Netshomi Zami’

Zu. or Nozuko Mapoma is one of the most recognisable figures in the alternative funk-jazz scene. As the frontwoman of the Zuko Collective and through her solo projects, she has become known for her husky voice and soul-infused sounds. Her highly acclaimed 2019 EP, Ndim Nani, earned her a SAMA nomination for Best Alternative Album….

Hip-Hop and its love for posthumous albums

Since the mid-‘00s, Earl Simmons’ (DMX) career had been in decline. He had a string of legal problems, struggled with drug addiction and was jailed for various reasons. Prior to his death from an apparent drug overdose this April, he was set on a comeback trail. Today his album, Exodus, comes out in his absence….

How Amapiano made its way across Africa and to the UK

Amapiano unequivocally has an iron-clad stronghold on South African dance floors. The genre dominates the airwaves and it rules South Africa’s streaming market. More so, the potent drum lines and rhythms of Amapiano are no longer confined within the country’s borders. For the past two to three years, the genre has travelled to Nigeria where…