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Surreal Sounds Takeover: Katlego Swizz is a maven shaping the South African House industry

Surreal Sounds Takeover: Katlego Swizz is a maven shaping the South African House industry

In many small scenes or sub-cultures, mavens that build communities that eventually form the bedrock of experimentation, progression and innovation, exist. These mavens, polymaths as some would call them, connect people and resources under one banner or umbrella for the sake of enhancing the standard of creativity for a specific group of people. This specific…

Leaders of The New Wave: South African producer, oshxku, is a pioneer behind South Africa’s new urban sound

Leaders of The New Wave: South African producer, oshxku, is a pioneer behind South Africa’s new urban sound

Johannesburg-based graphic designer and producer, oshxku (real name Karabo Diseko), is pioneering a new sound in the South African urban entertainment industry. A creative entrepreneur behind one of Gauteng’s most innovative music collectives, innanetwav. With the innanetwav crew, he is carving a new lane for young creatives to express themselves freely by using music, design…

ERTA ALE tours South Africa & blesses us with an exclusive podcast

ERTA ALE tours South Africa & blesses us with an exclusive podcast

Berlin-based DJ, house and techno producer, Erta Ale, is currently in South Africa on a three-city tour. The Resident Advisor backed live performer and electronic music phenomenon, has already entertained crowds in Cape Town and South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria. In his sets, he shares music he produced and rare finds from his personal music…

The Radio Steez Story: DJ Q1’s journey into the digital media & the move to take traditional Hip Hop digital

The Radio Steez Story: DJ Q1’s journey into the digital media & the move to take traditional Hip Hop digital

South African has beautiful history. One that is documented by the many committed soldiers of the culture. With a documented history and timeline we can follow, the South African Hip Hop landscape can be expanded and grown into an advanced self-sufficient community that can foster an environment where successful businesses can thrive. Hip Hop is…

#LabelSpotlight: Newly launched Durban-based label, Jooba Records, is cultivating a culture of experimentation in the South African beats scene

#LabelSpotlight: Newly launched Durban-based label, Jooba Records, is cultivating a culture of experimentation in the South African beats scene

South African independent music is growing at an alarming rate. From Pretoria’s prominent Amapiano scene to the youthful trap scene in Johannesburg’s East Rand region, South African music lovers are spoilt for choice. We no longer have to look beyond our borders to be inspired or worship artists from the West as creative gods. When…

The rise and prominence of Hipster culture in South African townships

The rise and prominence of Hipster culture in South African townships

In a time where trap music & gqom waves are taking over townships all over Mzansi, there’s a certain niche that has developed its own way of living, dressing and consumption of music. Some call them cool kids, punks, hippies, fashionistas or even nerds to some extent, but hipster culture in South Africa has taken…

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