Hadedah – Taste Experiences

Collaboration has become a buzzword, although not everyone who uses it takes full advantage of the possibilities of working with a wide network. In contrast Hadedah, a Johannesburg based collective, is using this framework to deliver unique conceptual experiences. Their curated experimental events are not just feasts for the eyes and ears, but also for…

The rise and rise of Moonchild Sanelly

My first meeting with Moonchild was in Cape Town, she performed at the legendary Cold Turkey and won me over with her energy and openness. Her performance was electrifying and I’ve watched her grow from strength to strength in every facet of her creative output. Now some four years later I sit opposite a SAMA…

TCIYF: Soweto thrash punk, the rare breed and the raw edge

TCIYF are a dirty-riffed, crass, thrash punk band with Pule on vocals, Thula on guitar, Tox on bass, and Jazz on drums.  Started by members of the Skate Society Soweto family, they’re leading the rule-breaking, Sowetan skate and rock revolution with their uninhibited, conformist-refusal; spitting-out in vulgar lyrics and frantic drum smashes. Fuck your civilisation,…

Watch Daniel Haaksman featuring Spoek Mathambo in Akabongi, an inner city intersection of art, internet and hustle

Art and technology have this shared power to transcend their original context, creating new contexts, and new worlds within which they can be used and understood. These elements meet in interesting ways in Daniel Haaksman and Spoek Mathambo’s new video. Shot in Johannesburg, it reflects the city’s hustle and innovations, its creativity and its unique…

USB SOUNDSYSTEM – Journeys in Three Songs

Last October, BubblegumClub (in collaboration with WeHeartBeat) hosted the first in an ongoing series of cultural experiments. For the USB Soundsystem event, held in Melville, a cast of local tastemakers were invited to an open DJ booth.  Guests were asked to each play three songs. Rather than mixing skills, the criteria was simply to bring…

Horus Tha God – Taking Flight

The falcon headed Horus was one of the most powerful deities in Ancient Egypt- the Pharaoh’s claimed that they were Horus in human form.  It take a lot of self-belief to adopt the name of such a potent mythological figure, but Horus Tha God seems primed to live up to this title.  His latest track…

9 Ether Movement – The Extra-terrestrial Music

9 Ether Movement are a young creative collective who are using music, fresh clothes, art  and a lot of humour to get their name out to the world. Coming out of Nyanga, Gugulethu and Observatory, the crew has a ever shifting roster of members who adopt a dizzying array of pseudonyms- MC PocketKniife, Skhotane From…

WeHeartBeat turns four this April; they’re celebrating by hosting The Mellow Orange Crew and dropping weekly mixes

WeHeartbeat is a multi-media music platform encompassing a concept record store, live events, creative workshops, merch and exhibitions. The company is an international collective promoting black music and culture and will be celebrating its 4 year anniversary this April, with events hosting the Mellow Orange Crew (L.A) in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Here’s a mix…

Bubblegum Club Vol 5 by Seferino

Seferino serves up a delicious musical cocktail and gives us a taste of his down-tempo sophistication in an exclusively curated, eclectic audio journey for Bubblegum Club. The mix manages to traverse genres as diverse as Reggae, Japanese Progressive Pop-Rock, Ugandan Court Music, Indian Filmi Music, and Nigerian Afrobeat in a really laidback yet surprising way….

CodeKid and Sound of Xee- New Kings

Many artists today pay lip service to the ideal of collaboration, and the ethos of working with a network of creators. However, this sprit often fails to translate into their work. By contrast, Cape Town producers CodeKid and Sound of Xee has been grabbing all the opportunities for collaboration that are provided by the internet…