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Lady M - The Incentive EP.

Just came across this uber deep house music mix from Cape Town based DJ, Lady M (aka Margaret Westergreen) and for a house music lover like myself, this is absolutely golden.

If you’re into what you hear, she’ll be performing at FUTUREDEEP this Friday, August 29th, at Julep in Cape Town and her slot begins at 11am.

NEW MUSIC: P.H.fat ft JungFreud - “Lights Out”.

Next generation South African duo P.H.fat team up with arguably one of South Africa’s best lyricists JungFreud AKA Nonku Phiri to make one of the best electronic hip-hop tracks of the year.

As for the video? Be prepared to see a bunch of girls breaking a whole bunch of things.

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NEW MUSIC: Okmalumkoolkat - “iJusi”.

An experimental rapper with an afrofuturist edge, it’s hard to not pay attention to anything South African artist Okmalumkoolkat does.

In the latest dark pink-tinted bi-coastal music video for iJusi, a single featured on hist recently released Holy Oxygen EP, the KZN rapper gives a nod to the late Pan-African icon Chinua Achebe and pioneering painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, whilst giving us alternating views of trippy scenes shot in Vienna and Johannesburg, and delivers a series of dope lines you’re sure to find yourself quoting before the end of the song (“boss talk, no Hugo).

“iJusi means juice in Zulu,” Okmalumkoolkat explains, “As in I got the shining, I am the blessed one.” He also mentions that the song’s intent was “to show flair like Basquiat’s brushstrokes, every bar is a stroke of genius. The poems are informative if you really listen. Just so you all know who has the shining. I feel like in terms of being one with oneself, I am the closest in the continent and in the world’s amongst spoken word messengers.”

(H/T: OkayAfrica)

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Style Icon: Mafikizolo’s Nhlanhla Nciza.

I just can’t let the month of August - Women’s Month in South Africa - go by without dedicating a few posts to my favourite women of Mzansi.

After a year of some serious hit-making with fellow artist Theo Kgosinkwe under the moniker ‘Mafikizolo’, in what I believe to me one of the best musical comebacks of all time, singer, songwriter, wife, mother and one half of one of the continent’s most popular groups, Nhlanlha Nciza is also a certified style icon. To call her any less would, at the very least, be an understatement.

Much like the genre of music Mafikizolo makes, Nciza’s style is a unique blend of various traditional African influences mixed with bits of contemporary African and Western fashions.

Although the band have always had an air of glamour and sophistication about them dating as far back as their Kwela, Van Toeka Af and Sibongiledays, where they channeled Sophiatown and took inspiration from other 20th century fashions, Nciza’s style has never been so bold, with her adoption of beautifully loud colours, and so distinctly representative of parts of the African continent - whether she’s wearing a gele, ankara styles common in West and Central African countries, jewelry inspired by East or Southern African cultures, silhouettes, prints, patterns and textiles from all over Africa. Not to mention how consistent her looks have been in all of their recent music videos, live performances and red carpet appearances.

But the best thing about Nhlanhla Nciza’s style has to be that, aside from looking flawless all the time, no one else can pull off what she does in the way that she does it.

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Style Inspiration: Siki Msuseni Elle SA Style Diary.

Cape Town-based fashion insider Siki Msuseni let’s us into her wardrobe for five days and gives us these five fabulous outfits!

Photos by: Niquita Bento.

(via ELLE SA)

Movie Mondays: Watch South African Marikana Documentary ‘Miners Shot Down’ in Full.

Filmmaker Rehad Desai looks into the incidents surrounding the 2012 massacre of protesting mine workers at the Lonmin Platinum mine in Marikana, as well as the socio-political implications of this shocking and tragic event. 

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NEW MUSIC: Zaki Ibrahim - Draw the Line.

The opening song on South African-Canadian singer Zaki Ibrahim's 2012 release Every Oppositefinally gets a music video.

Filmed in a coloured neighborhood in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town, the video follows a day in the life of a young girl in an area and community that was and still is marred by the harsh racial and social policies of apartheid, but is also rich in culture and history. The video captures a myriad of emotions and paints a portrait of a girl caught between two worlds - that of her immediate surroundings, and that of her imagination.

Ibrahim was born in Canada to a South African father and mother from the UK. Her father, Zane Ibrahim, was a pioneering radio broadcaster in South Africa and was one of the founders of Bush Radio, an influential community station birthed by anti-apartheid activists and began as an illegal pirate radio station in 1993.

A multicultural individual, Ibrahim’s upbringing was one of a global citizen having lived in Canada, South Africa, the UK, France and Lebanon, but is currently based in Cape Town.

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South Africa Ranks Highest in Gold Medals amongst African Nations at Commonwealth Games.*

It’s day 6 of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and South Africa have fast edged their way to fourth position on the medals table with a total of 24 medals - 9 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze.

Two of those gold medals were won by swimmer Chad le Clos who finished first place in both the 200m and 100m Men’s Butterfly races, setting two Commonwealth records in each. Clos has a total of five Glasgow Commonwealth medals: a silver for the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, and a bronze for the Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay and Men’s 50m Butterfly.

Fellow swimmer Cameron van der Burgh managed to win the Men’s 50m Breastroke winning gold and setting a new Commonwealth record in that race. Der Burgh won silver in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke behind Englishman Adam Peaty.

After beating New Zealand in the finals, the South African Rugby Sevens team won gold over the weekend making history as the first team ever to beat the Kiwis since the sport was introduced at the Commonwealth Games.

South Africa’s first gold medal was won in the Lawn Bowls after their mixed team beat the host nation 14-10 in the finals.

More Lawn Bowls victory came in the form of Prince Neluonde, Petrus Breitenbach, and Bobby Donnelly winning the Men’s Triples Gold Medal Match.

Paralympic sprinter Fanie van der Merwe won gold in the Men’s 100m T37 Final, and wrapping South Africa’s gold medalists (so far) is Zack Piontek who took home the judo Men’s -90kg Final first place title.

*South Africa has the most number of athletes of any African country.

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Any person who makes everyone happy is not real, and the Mandela that does so is not the real Mandela but the one the world has constructed, removing the parts of the man some people did not like.

Many use this Mandela to project themselves as real defenders of his legacy while not living according to his values and disregarding what he stood for.

Like hypocrites in religion, they only extract what makes them happy from Mandela and disregard the rest.

It is an image of a very liberal Nelson Mandela who expected South Africa to be perfect within a very short space of time.

It’s an image of a man who is a messiah, who delivered freedom and democracy to South Africa single handedly.

This cropped out image of Mandela from the real one is ingrained in the minds of those who resist transformation and economic freedom of black people Mandela fought for.

These anti-transformation, anti-justice and very ignorant people use this image to protect what they have.

They easily tell people to “get over apartheid” which Mandela spent his life fighting against.

Extract from South African student activist and writer 's piece “There is a Mandela we should all reject and hate”.

Any op-ed piece about Nelson Mandela that doesn’t take on the usual peace-loving, always smiling, ‘Rainbow Nation’ messiah format will undoubtedly be met with great criticism and anger from those who were sold and bought into this image of the late anti-apartheid leader and human rights activist (seriously, just read the comments under the article).

But the fact of the matter remains that Mandela did not become a pivotal anti-apartheid figure by establishing himself as everyone’s favourite docile father-figure. From with his early days as a lawyer and later with the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela was a radical who was deemed a terrorist by the West and co-founded the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Zulu for ‘spear of the nation/people’). During and after his time spent incarcerated on Robben Island, Mandela made many statements that would not sit well with many who in turn seem to calculatedly omit when reflecting on the importance of Madiba’s legacy.

This is not to say that we cannot or should not refer to Mandela’s social and political views and policies when analyzing the current state of the ANC. It’s clear that in many ways, the current ruling party has failed to deliver on promises made as far back s the 1990s. The danger lies when people use Mandela’s words against each other, for their own gain, or as a means of erasure. Citing the term ‘rainbow nation’ as a case for why affirmative action is irrelevant (because apartheid is over and we’re all equal now) is not only ignorant but spits in the face of justice and true reform.

Too often, leaders not from the West are often cast in one-dimensional roles that make them out to either be heroes or villains with no in-betweens when we know that history and politics are always exceptionally complex.

As Hasane so aptly puts it, there’s a difference between ‘getting over apartheid’, and forgiving as a necessary part of the healing process but in no way forgetting the atrocities and injustices of the past. We’d also do well to remember that Mandela was no saint, nor was he perfect in any way. There is no single Mandela story.

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Israeli Ambassador to South Africa Must Leave, says ANCYL.

Following the recent deadly attacks on Gaza by Israeli forces, the ANCYL arm in the Western Cape sent out a notice on Saturday to Israel’s ambassador to South Africa saying that Arthur Lenk should “pack his bags and prepare for travel to avoid unnecessary trauma,” in the words of provincial convenor Muhammad Khalid Saye.

This warning was made in support of the ANC’s parliamentary caucus statement that South Africa’s ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane, be recalled, and that Lenk be removed from the country with immediate effect.

South Africa and ANC have a long history of showing solidarity with Palestine and is one of the countries that participates in the annual Israeli Apartheid Week which seeks to create awareness, educate and foster discussion surrounding the conflict in this part of the Middle East.

On Friday, which was International Mandela Day, South Africans marched to the Israeli Trade Offices in Johannesburg in solidarity with Palestine and to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza.

Capetonians held their own pro-Palestine march on Wednesday, organised by the Muslim Judicial Council, who handed over a memorandum to Siphosezwe Masango, chairperson of Parliament’s international relations portfolio committee.

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Some deep and soulful melodic house music from South African singer ANDYBOI.

ANDYBOI is signed to Soul Candi, the same record label that boasts the likes of Mi Casa, Euphonik, Crazy White Boy, Lulo Cafe and Qness.

His debut album Trail Evolution is out now in stores and on iTunes.

Steve Hofmeyr Stirs Trouble with Singing of Old South African Anthem.

Steve Hofmeyr and fellow Afrikaans performer Elzabe Zietsman show two very different sides of the South African Afrikaans community.

Performing at the Innibos music festival over the weekend, Hofmeyr opted not to sing South Africa’s inclusive new national anthem Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, which combines Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English, and instead began singing Die Stem - South Africa’s national anthem for most of apartheid. Although South Africa’s new anthem incorporates a portion of the lyrics from Die Stem, this clearly was not enough for Hofmeyer and a large portion of the audience. Playing to a crowd of around 45, 000, most of them white and Afrikaans speaking, the popular and controversial singer was apparently joined by many in the crowd who began singing along with him, as can be seen in this video.

As with many other national symbols of apartheid, from flags to currency art, the post-apartheid years have seen the country officially doing away with these relics of the past in exchange for features that are more representative of South Africa as a rainbow nation. In fact, singing Die Stem has become somewhat of a social taboo and is more associated with Afrikaaner right wingers.

Hofmeyer’s antics, however, did not go without backlash within the Afrikaans community itself. Fellow Afrikaans artist Elzabe Zietsman lashed out at the Hofmeyer and those who sang along with him saying:

“I declare that I was not one of the ‘duisende dose’ (thousands of a**holes) that sang Die Stem along with Steve Hofmeyr. I am a South African with Afrikaans as my first language. Just that. I don’t want to debate this … I love South Africa passionately, and I love Afrikaans passionately, but Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika is my national anthem – in Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English. Just that.”

Whilst her comment did receive a number of likes and shares, the overwhelming majority of the reactions and comments thrown her way were abusive and hateful. Zietsman posted one of the comments on Tuesday that she received from one Johan van Rooyen, under the description “this one wins first prize”, that said:

“Jeez, you k***** maid wh***, you sing sh**. I think you should sing Kill the Boer with Malema or Zuma in their sh** language. Maybe they will rape you and give you lekker Aids, because that’s what you want.

You call me an a**hole. Well, at least I am a white ***hole person and not a black k***** animal baboon that you like. Siss! I hope you die soon because you are an oxygen thief, you awful maid wh***. Hahahaha! F*** you.”

Hofmeyer also joined in the social media bullying saying, ”Thanks Elzabe, at least we know how YOU feel. Congratulations. How is it that everyone should feel like you and pass your democratic test?”

A staunch pro-Afrikaaner, Hofmeyer is also known for his use of the word ‘kaffir’ in a song, as a response to Malema’s ‘Shoot the Boer’ chants, and being a supporter of the “Expedition for Afrikaner Self-determination” - Onafhanklike Afrikaner Selfbeskikkingsekspedisie, or (OASE) in Afrikaans. OASE is an advocacy group for Afrikaner self-determination.


From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province.

For three days, some of the continent’s biggest acts will be joined by a range of international stars for a multi-stage musical extravaganza during South Africa’s Heritage Day long wekeend - the first of its kind in Africa.

TribeOne: Dinokeng’ is a three-day music festival that will boast an electrifying mix of music genres across three main stages, with over 80 artists performing live on the ‘Thunder Valley’ and ‘Diamond Fields’ stages and more than 80 DJ’s playing live sets in the multiple ‘Dance Village’ domes.

Tickets are currently on sale and you have several ways to pay, depending on your ticket type and the time of purchase.

See the full line-up here.

(that logo though…)

Ahead of the release of his Future Sound of Mzansi documentary, Spoek Mathambo (spoekmathambo) has released a music mix that’s a nearly 45-minute ode to the Kwazulu Natal (one of South Africa’s nine provinces) dominating style called Qgom - a form of South African house music.

I See A Different You - The Journey.

Watch as the three young creatives behind the “I See A Different You” brand and movement discuss their upbringing, how they engage with South African youth, what inspires them and why they do what they do.