More often than not, producers are the architects behind great music. They create and mould the atmosphere and world our ears inhabit within any piece of music. It’s a great balancing act one has to do when it comes to producing music with vocals; one has to find a way of establishing an indelible sonic footprint whilst providing a canvas for the performing artist to soar and explore their creative vision. In this blog series, I’ll be spotlighting young music producers I’ve found on the net who I feel are making great strides and/or have the potential to be our next great architects in music. This is the second edition. Continue reading Producers on The Rise, Volume 2: Elizee, Bubele Booi, Zarro and 808x.
As the Yanos wave continues to ride its gargantuan momentum, a separate tidal has been bubbling within the Pitori streets and digital airwaves and the current lockdown conditions have provided a platform for its relevance to come to the fore. With consistent releases from its indie sector that keep scaling the charts from ThandoNje to Thato Saul, I’m talking about Pretoria’s burgeoning and eclectic hip-hop & R&B scene. Within this piece I aim to explore the development of this sector, especially amongst its younger participants and the tight-knit community that seems to surround it. Continue reading That Pitori Spirit – An Exploration of Pretoria’s Burgeoning Hip-Hop & R&B Scene
It’s been a minute and this one has been long overdue but here we are with the sixth edition of SA Artists You Shouldn’t Sleep On. This is an article series where I cover independent artists who I believe are … Continue reading South African Artists You Shouldn’t Sleep On, Sixth Edition
Change is the law of life… but did it have to be this swift and drastic? In short of two weeks the entertainment industry has been eviscerated more than Thanos’ wildest dreams in the wake of COVID-19. Festivals, Leagues, Awards, … Continue reading The Afriquan Movie Club: An Exploration of African Cinema
There’s nothing quite like experiencing something live, there’s a certain element of connectedness, anxiety, excitement and danger that comes out of a shared live experience. One of my favourite Oscar Wilde quotes states that the stage is not merely the … Continue reading The Broke Ass Showcase: One Year In
It’s the end of the month and you have found yourself within New Doornfontein at a cafe steaming with the enticing aroma of coffee and youthful optimism. On-stage an aspirant musician tests out their set for the first time in-front … Continue reading Oddity – A Space of Creative Exploration
The sun sets on a chilly afternoon somewhere within the Midrand area. A stream of flickering Christmas lights lead towards a sold-out crowd filled with a disarming number of trailblazing creatives; from producers and artists like Zarro, Francis Jay, Una … Continue reading Tron Pyre’s City of God: The Genesis of a Star
What a time it is to be a living, dreaming African creative. Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o once said, ‘Until I saw people like me, doing the things I wanted to do, I wasn’t sure it was a possibility’. The last … Continue reading Unwrapping Beyoncé’s Gift: A Dive Into The African Contributors.
The power of social media platforms have given rise to some of our biggest trailblazers in many facets of the entertainment industry. There’s a growing number of influential creatives in the film/television space who got their rise through their popularity … Continue reading Web-Series Watch 2: Exploring the Potential in Digital Content.
Digital music platforms like Soundcloud have gained prominence over the last few years as a legitimate space for independent artists to not only experiment but grow their audiences. These developments, specifically across the rhythmic crossover spectrum, have ushered in a … Continue reading The Big Hash – A Landmark Artist for Music’s Next Generation