Between Musical Shifts; Kwesta and Kabza de Small Just Want To Speak N Vrostaan
How Kwesta and Kabza De Small’s ‘Speak N Vrostaan’ plots the future by merging the sounds of the present and the past During the early noughties, Kwaito – once the creative outlet for young South Africans in the ‘90s – was supplanted by the breakbeats, syncopated rhythms and layered lyricism of Hip Hop. Fast forward […]
DJ PH Assembles An Avengers Team of SA Hip Hop on “Serious (Streets Remix)”
On June 18, DJ PH released a Makwa produced track in the form of “Serious”, featuring Cassper Nyovest, Lady Du and the producer extraordinaire, Makwa. The amapiano and hip hop hybrid of a song spotted a catchy, infectious hook in which the artists on it repeatedly declare themselves and all they’re into as being “serious”. […]
Appropriation vs Gatekeeping: The Amapiano Conundrum
In light of Jorja Smith’s new release, “Amapiano to the world” is the industry’s latest catch phrase. But when is it an appreciation for the art and when is it appropriation?