Nipho Hurd is The Ghel with her new EP

How long is someone an up-and-coming artist for? Probably until they’ve come up? Right? The journey of the ‘come up’ is a treacherous path that few artists manage to navigate to ultimate fruition, with few succeeding as they had initially imagined they would. It takes endurance, willpower, struggle and sacrifice. Something Durban songstress Nipho Hurd…

An Introduction to Is’Xaxa: A Communal Practice

From the vantage point of retrospect, one could say that Is’Xaxa: A Communal Practice is a natural step in Mushroom Hour Half Hour’s forward trajectory. Since the pirate radio show-turned-independent music label began its sonic journey back in 2012, Mushroom Hour Half Hour has fostered a spirit of spontaneity and collaboration which seems to underpin…

outer south: a record label for the future re-writing the script

Starting a record label is an ambitious task to say the least. Even more so in 2020 when independent artists have direct access to their fans and when major labels still control a lot of the airwaves and literally own stakes in streaming platforms such as Spotify. Countless labels have started up over the years…

YoursTruly Explores Feelings on “Dreaming in Colour”

Originally hailing from Durban, producer, composer and recording engineer Sandiso Nzimande, better known as YoursTruly– has been working on crafting his own sound -fusing elements from the artists that motivate and inspire him to create something that is unique to him. While Dreaming in Colour is his debut EP as YoursTruly, he previously released music…

“Tales of the Lost Cities” is Spoek Mathambo’s Most Important Album

We live in strange times. Truly. Besides all the other shit, we have charlatans calling themselves “influencers” when they wouldn’t know influence if it was Jedi-mind-tricked into them. Back in the day, “influencers” were called trendsetters and, well, that term had a bit more gravitas to it. Trendsetters aren’t about pushing some bullshit on the…

When Hip Hop, Fashion and Extreme Sports Meet

The worlds of hip hop and extreme sports seem like polar opposites. Hip hop is perceived as predominately centring Black men—often from disadvantaged communities—while extreme sports like BMX, ATV, skating and motorcycling is characterised by upper to middle class white men seeking adventure and thrill. However, these two cultures share an important connection – both…