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
The last week of February in South African television and cinema have been among the most groundbreaking and exciting I’ve ever experienced. Netflix made history with the release of its first African script-to-screen series with the espionage filled Queen Sono … Continue reading Knuckle City – Immersive South African Cinema
Great stories can be told from anywhere in the world to everywhere in the world. These words uttered by Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, during Queen Sono‘s South African premiere express an affirmation that has global relevance, and a … Continue reading Queen Sono – An Expansive Introduction
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
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.
As a young creative practitioner, there are few things as inspiring as seeing the emergence of new bold voices that you can identify with or aspire to. The coverage within this blog has mainly focused on such voices within the … Continue reading Impilo: The Scam – A Display of Youthful Exuberance
Locally based digital content has continuously made strides in its legitimacy and crossover potential over the last year, from coverage in festivals like Africa Rising International Film Festival and Broke Ass Showcase to the arrival of VOD platforms like Netflix, … Continue reading Chin Up! – A Watershed Moment for Local Web-series.