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Zama Khumalo and her journey on Idols

Idols is one of the longest-running reality TV shows in the country and it still holds cultural currency with South African audiences. Therefore, winning the competition is not just a major accomplishment, it can be a life-changing experience. And that’s what it was for Zama Khumalo. The 19-year-old was crowned the winner of the 16th…

‘Fire’ hitmaker DJ Big Sky is ready to claim his time

This time last year, DJ Big Sky commanded South African dance floors with his hit single, “Fire”.  The world was so different then and so was he. “I’ve been in the industry for such a long time and ‘Fire’ put me in the spotlight. It changed me. It changed how I work. Everything is different…

Mapara A Jazz and the makings of a viral record

In the age of Tik Tok, the formula for making a hit viral record includes: having a catchy and simple hook, a standout melody or beat — preferably one easy to-do dance. “John Vuligate” has all three elements and is one of the biggest records to come out this year. So far, it has amassed…

Niniola flexes her versatility muscle with ‘Colours and Sounds’

Coming off the massive success of her debut album, This is Me, which featured her 2017 summer smash hit single, “Maradona”, Niniola has catapulted to international stardom. The song would later be interpolated by Beyonce on the Grammy-nominated song, “Find Your Way”, that was part of the Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. Now, Niniola returns…

The emancipatory power and history of hip-hop

Black history is as rich and vibrant as its subjects are. Much of its richness and vibrancy, can be drawn back to the knowledge that Africans are not a monolithic people. With enslaved African people kidnapped from various groupings of people from the Biafara, to the Mende and the Jola. As a result of these…