uSanele Returns With Trap-Heavy uMvelase EP

It’s been a year since Boyz ‘N Bucks co-founder and Spova Gang member uSanele returned to music with the release of the EP Gangular, and he is back once again with his uMvelase EP. In contrast to his previous release which saw the rapper show his versatility by merging different genres, uMvelase is a record…

So Kwaito, Where to From Here?

The last decade has seen golden era kwaito give way to the likes of new age, future- and Durban-kwaito as well as a growing number of genre-fluid articulations of the style along with artists who count kwaito as one of their many influences. These artists are at the forefront of evolving the genre; moving away…

Desire Marea Opens Up About Their Self-Titled Solo Project

The artist talks experimental sounds, healing, Johannesburg displacement and trauma on Grindr. “To be honest, I can’t even tell you what I was healing from” Desire laughs over the phone with me. I’m on a midday call with Desire who is in their hometown situated in KZN as he graciously accepts the interruption. With this…

Lakuti, the South African Dance Music Legend You Should Know

South African born, Berlin-based Lakuti (Lerato Khathi) is a force to be reckoned with. While she might not be a household name in South Africa these days, she has been making quite an impact on the European electronic music scene for over 20 years. In her extensive career, the DJ, label head, promoter, booking agent and…

Teebs Adds Another Stellar Album to His Already Impressive Catalogue

Anicca is the new offering by Bronx born producer, visual artist and soundscape architect Mtendere Mandowa better known by his stage name Teebs. The artist’s affiliation with Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder in the greater scheme of things is a seal of approval  nearly unmatched within the world of electronic music and Anicca is yet another…

Doowap Overcomes Her Fears on Her Debut EP Mood Swings

Khetsiwe Morgan, better known as Doowap first broke onto the scene in 2012 as a DJ and quickly made a name for herself thanks to her fresh sound and high energy performances. The British-South African artist would go on to host shows on YFM, SABC1 and Berlin Community Radio and perform at events such as…

From Bongo with Love, is a Love Letter to Africa

It’s been 14 years since the iconic kwaito pioneers Bongo Maffin last released a full-length album but the quartet hasn’t missed a step with From Bongo with Love. Now, I get that for some of you, Bongo Maffin is Van Halen and you’re Billie Eilish, but whether you grew up with them or whether this…

Let the Roof Shake With DJ Lag’s Amanikiniki

Taken from DJ Lag’s Grammy considered EP Uhuru, “Amanikiniki” is a collaboration with Newlands West-based Unticipated Soundz. The track, whose music video was directed by Christ Kets, like the rest of the Uhuru EP is a return to the early, raw sounds of gqom with “Amanikiniki” in particular referencing the uThayela sound which Unticipated Soundz…