The Good Dokta Outer Space Type Music

Earlier this year NASA released declassified files debunking a conspiracy theory which had grown up around the 1969 Apollo 10 mission. According to the legends, astronauts had reported hearing inexplicable sounds as they orbited the dark side of the moon. However, the NASA info revealed a more down to Earth explanation- hearing static from their…

Mma Tseleng- The Kwaito Monument

In the 1990s, South Africa experienced the subcultural supernova of Kwaito. Fuelled by post-1994 optimism, and inspired by international hip hop, dancehall and house, local artists created a thriving underground of music, dance and fashion, spread through cassette tapes and taxi sound systems.  In almost no time at all, this became the mainstream with the…

Zakifo Muzik Festival 2016: A reflective photo-story by Robyn Perros

This photo-story captures the blissfully imperfect moments of experimentation. The unedited images by Durban-based photo-journalist, writer and artist, Robyn Perros, documents some grit and much grain of one of South Africa’s newest and most diverse ‘afro-futuristic’ music festivals on colour film. The 2016 Zakifo Muzik Festival took place in Durban from 27-29 May 2016 and…

The Booty Call EP – Future Weird 

Although painful and brutal, break-ups and other personal crisis are a proven  inspiration for creativity.  Icons like Bob Dylan and Marvin Gaye made some of their most powerful work in the ruins of imploded marriages. In 2008, Kayne West changed the sound of mainstream music with 808’s and Heartbreak, and also created the template for…

The confessional battle-cry of Lex LaFoy’s Alienation

Lex LayFoy recently dropped a powerful, confessional battle-cry against complacency and conformity in the form of Alienation, produced by Sonic Boom SA. It blazes honesty, liberated self-expression through its uncut and unabbreviated lyrics, set to the dirtiest, grimiest trap beat by AHT Gee. The passionate uproar channels Lex LaFoy’s various incarnations, draws from her multiple…

Petite Noir – Future Wave

The media coverage of last weekend’s South African Music Awards has been dominated by Riky Rick and AKA’s petulant responses to not winning any awards. Basically, they feel that they were snubbed. Shame.  Unfortunately this has overshadowed how another  of the night’s winners- Petite Noir’s La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful (which won in the…

The Sharp-Flat Label : On the Mountain

Jazz has been enjoying a huge resurgence, with its influence stretching to some of the most cutting edge music of today.The song structure and sound of South African house draws on this countries rich jazz heritage. On last year’s feted  To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar collaborated with the cream of LA’s jazz scene, like…