Bubblegum Club mix Vol 10 by OWABOWA

In her SoundCloud bio Canadian DJ OWABOWA explains that she wants people to “get in their bodies and connect with each other on the dance floor and beyond”. The exclusive mix she created for us is a reflection of this emphasis on connection. We spoke her to find out about the time she is spending…

Wet Dreams Recordings presents Work Not Hype

With the launch of their first official compilation Work Not Hype, South African underground electronic label Wet Dreams Recordings is coming out of the bedroom and announcing itself as a real label. Featuring artists such as Rose Bonica, Jumping Back Slash, Dion Monti, Lorenzo, DJ 909 Clap, Yezzah and vGrrr. Altered Natives will be the…

Lady Leshurr is Coming for the Throne

You know how Kanye has said that he knew when he wrote the line “light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson” on “Slow Jamz” that he was going to be a big star? When I heard “I’ve got a dark skin friend that looks like Rachel Dolezal, And I’ve got a light skin friend that looks…

Sibot dishes out an “L”

L is for love, or in the Facebook era, a like. If you’re a Scott Pilgrim fan, L is for lesbians. L is for lush or libations if you’re a bit of a drinker. To a cartographer, L is for latitude and longitude. For social media managers looking to hit that millennial market, L is…

Internet kids with the lyrical fire – Rap duo Champagne69

Champagne69 is a rap duo comprised of two very versatile artists namely, “Willestillios” Nkuna and “Siyangena69” Mdlele. The two multi-talented artists have found yet another way to express themselves and their artistic vision through enthralling and energetic music. Champagne69 only began making and releasing music in 2016, but have been able to gain more traction…

Bubblegum Club Stories Ep10

In this episode you see footage from our visit to the August House Open Studio Exhibition where we spoke to artists Neo Mahlangu and Themba Khumalo about the exhibition and their work. Phiko Mditshwa gives a taste of a “cultured look” in our street fashion feature. Okmalumkoolkat chats to us about his party, Partytime Shandees,…

Bubblegum Club Stories Ep9

This episode of Bubblegum Club Stories features footage from Stockholm. We speak to musician and model Michael Dangerous who moved to Stockholm from Johannesburg. He lets us in on his modeling adventures and new music he is working on with some big Swedish producers. We also meet Swedish rapper Lilla Namo who chats to us…

Bubblegum Club mix Vol 9 by Maramza

A few weeks ago we featured Maramza on the cover of Bubblegum Club. Maramza has played an important role in pushing South Africa’s electronic music. This 11 track mix demonstrates the work of a producer who has sonic passion flowing through his veins. For a little more insight we spoke to Maramza about the mix…

Original Swimming Party debut full-length album ‘Hypergiant’

I interviewed the guys from Original Swimming Party to chat about their debut full-length album ‘Hypergiant’. Tell our readers a bit about Original Swimming Party. OSP is an experimental audio-visual duo from Cape Town, comprising Thomas Glendinning and Jeremy de Tolly. We started in late 2013, based around a love of electronica, ambient and experimental…

Fela Gucci’s ‘Diphala’ – archiving black sonic magic

Multifaceted black queer wonder, Fela Gucci’s fascination for South African electronic music led to a reliable music store in Jeppestown in early 2016. Since then Fela has been building a collection of interesting sounds that you will probably not hear on your favourite radio station. Thankfully, Fela created a harmonious mix called Diphala and we…

Everybody knows but nobody talks

“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That’s how it goes Everybody knows.” Everybody Knows – Leonard Cohen. Last week Saturday, Riky…

Ikonika’s Dancefloor Disruption

“I always had headphones on and I always knew I wanted to make music”, Ikonika told me. I sat down with the London-based electronic musician, producer, and DJ last week at KCB Braamfontein, where she and the Pussy Party posse were embarking on a nation-wide dancefloor revolution: a series of femme insurgencies to shake up…