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Tim Lyre’s ’Real’ | between neo-soul and Afrofuturism

Tim Lyre is a musician with many talents. His music is a genre-bending afro-futurist study of the human experience which has been credited as influenced equally by juju master Ebenezer Obey and R&B genius John Legend. From being a dynamic vocalist to being a multi-instrumentalist and producer Lyre’s talent exudes in every beat, chorus and…

How Amapiano made its way across Africa and to the UK

Amapiano unequivocally has an iron-clad stronghold on South African dance floors. The genre dominates the airwaves and it rules South Africa’s streaming market. More so, the potent drum lines and rhythms of Amapiano are no longer confined within the country’s borders. For the past two to three years, the genre has travelled to Nigeria where…

Karun shows maturity and growth with ‘Catch a Vibe’

Karun has been a fixture in Kenya’s music scene since she was a teenager as part of the BET-nominated Camp Mulla. Since her departure from the hip hop group, she has forged her own path as a solo musician. Her 2019 hit record, “Glow Up” established her as one of the faces of alternative R&B…

‘Fire’ hitmaker DJ Big Sky is ready to claim his time

This time last year, DJ Big Sky commanded South African dance floors with his hit single, “Fire”.  The world was so different then and so was he. “I’ve been in the industry for such a long time and ‘Fire’ put me in the spotlight. It changed me. It changed how I work. Everything is different…

Niniola flexes her versatility muscle with ‘Colours and Sounds’

Coming off the massive success of her debut album, This is Me, which featured her 2017 summer smash hit single, “Maradona”, Niniola has catapulted to international stardom. The song would later be interpolated by Beyonce on the Grammy-nominated song, “Find Your Way”, that was part of the Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. Now, Niniola returns…

“CPT” unites North and South Africa Over its Beat

African music has come out on top in 2019. Afrobeats has become one of the defining genres of the year, with Burna Boys “African Giant” leaping up charts across the globe. The AfroNation festival, held in Lisbon this year, achieved what other fraud-ridden, Netflix-documented destination festivals couldn’t. Beyoncé’s seminal ‘Homecoming’ performance paid homage to the…

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…

Of Parties Past: the Cellardoor Archive 2005–2007

‘In two more years, my sweetheart, we will see another view’. Bloc Party lyrics that once punctuated the playlist of a monthly Newtown party called Cellardoor. The Cellardoor parties ran from 2005 to 2007: a two-year slice in the history of Johannesburg’s nocturnal life. Co-founder, Marc Latilla, holds a catalogue of flyers and photographs from…