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  • Tiwa Savage: Africa Finds Its R&B Queen At Last

    Tiwa Savage: Africa Finds Its R&B Queen At Last0

    From George Michael’s erstwhile backing vocalist and an X-Factor also-ran to a Grammy-nominated R&B contender, Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage finally gets her groove on. The noughties were not good to R&B. Like any other black urban music style, R&B doesn’t get to enjoy the privilege of ageing gracefully the way that, say, rock veterans might. It was

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  • Gary Cool & SA Musos Orchestrate Open Letter To Bruce Springsteen

    Gary Cool & SA Musos Orchestrate Open Letter To Bruce Springsteen0

    Even Israel’s Ambassador to South Africa Arthur Lenk has commented on the open letter Cape Town music blogger and MC Gary Cool has drafted an open letter and rallied some of the country’s best-known artists to try and persuade Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen to perform in South Africa. These artists, which Cool calls ‘The South African Rock Fraternity’, include

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  • Shortstraw

    Shortstraw0

    It’s only when the bruised and battered relationship of “Boxing Day” arrives that Shortstraw’s Good Morning, Sunshine really takes off. Until then, the Johannesburg-based five-piece really only has one good idea – loose indie-pop, soaked in kwela vibes and layered with irreverent lyrics – that teeters on the tedious. But when Alastair Thomas sings “I’m black and

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  • Listen: Dookoom Releases 6-Track Album

    Listen: Dookoom Releases 6-Track Album0

    Hardcore Afrikaaps rappers bumrush mainstream hip-hop Here comes the Boom – or, rather, Dookoom. And you can be sure the inner-city ain’t heard nothing like this before. “I’m a playa/I don’t play no games, né?/I’m jack of all the trades,” spits Cape Flats mutant-trap-rappers Dookoom (Isaac Mutant, Human Waste, spo0ky and DJ Roach). Ja –

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  • Naaldekoker Chats To RS About Going Solo At OppiKoppi

    Naaldekoker Chats To RS About Going Solo At OppiKoppi0

    After playing at every festival and venue in South Africa for the past 4 years, DJ Naaldekoker, the man behind Jack Parow‘s beats, felt it was time to branch out and also pursue his own solo career. Rolling Stone‘s Willim Welsyn met up with the man at OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast to find out how he’s going to skei

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  • Prime Circle’s Ross Learmonth: The Rolling Stone Interview

    Prime Circle’s Ross Learmonth: The Rolling Stone Interview0

    Prime Circle’s lead singer talks bluntly about the battles a rock band has to fight to stay on top for over a decade Ross Learmonth and I are barrelling down the N4 towards Middelburg, Mpumalanga. We’re in an SUV he tells me he bought from Leon Schuster. Not directly, he quickly clarifies, but the dealer

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