Brenda Fassie makes a posthumous appearance in Johannesburg this week. Sort of. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, (an idea probably inspired by the headline-grabbing show at Coachella last year which resurrected Tupac), South Africa’s queen of pop, who died in May 2004 from a drug overdose, will come to life embodied by an actress singing two of her most popular hits in a ten-minute video. Our guess is this [...]
The remix of the classic bubble-gum track Via Orlando arguably became South Africa’s summer anthem this year. This weekend MTV Base takes DJs Vetkuk and Mahoota’s banger quite literally when the Hunter’s Oasis Tour takes a turn at Chaf Pozi in Orlando East, Soweto. And none other than the high-kicking, pastel-coloured safari suit wearing Dr Malinga will be there for a special appearance alongside the veteran DJs. The chisa nyama [...]
This year’s Bushfire Festival line up is enough reason for any music lover to make their way to the beautiful kingdom of Swaziland. Here are just five of the artists we’re looking forward to seeing. The international headlining act is Colombian band Bomba Estéreo. Around since 2001, Bomba Estéreo describe their music as ‘electro tropical’, combining traditional Colombian, African and Caribbean rhythms of champeta and cumbia infused with Bogota’s underground electronic [...]
South Africans have mastered the art of the chisa nyama: barbecued meat, an endless flow of drinks, loud laughter and the perfect beats best served on a Sunday afternoon. MTVBase Africa has joined the party, hosting the first Summer Sunday session as part of the Hunter’s Oasis Tour. Taking place at the perfect setting at Sedibeng in Meadowlands, Soweto, chart-topping vocalist Donald will be there to sing his hits ‘I [...]
It's not often that you see FOKN Bois being anything other than up to no good. But with Mama Mensa on set everything is surprisingly sweet in their latest video 'Gimme Pinch'. FOKN are the face of beverage price celebrex brand
Music acts who dare to break the mold are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Spoek Mathambo’s Father Creeper album released by Seattle based Sub-Pop Records and Sony Africa was a neon sign that the world is ready to hear what urban South Africa has to offer. It's so rare to hear the electro-kwaito-can’t-box-it-it-so-awesome beats that are propelling the likes of Mathambo and Dirty Paraffin to global recognition. Well, it [...]
UK Jazz/Hipop artist Soweto Kinch brings The Flyover Show to Johannesburg. The daylong music and arts festival is Kinch’s pet project that has taken place for five years in its unusual setting beneath a flyover in Birmingham. This year the show goes global with an additional stage in the southern hemisphere. The Flyover Show will make its South African debut on the historic Freedom Square – also known as the [...]
Joelle Kayembe has posed for GQ, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, FHM and Sports Illustrated amongst other renowned publications. You might also recognise her from Ludacris’ Pimpin All Over The World video. The Congolese-born, South African beauty will now be known as the face of Trace, the international media brand available in 160 countries. Joelle will appear in jingles on all TRACE channels worldwide (TRACE Urban, TRACE Sports, TRACE Africa and TRACE Tropical) [...]
A homecoming concert for one of Ghana’s hottest international rappers and music sensations after a wildly successful European Tour with the London Label Honest Jon’s. Details under the cut.
Forget TV, forget radio. The internet is creating viral stars everyday. And some of them are African. We rounded up 7 cyber phenomena from the last year or so. Pop the hood to see who they are, and then tell us who or what else we should know of.
Watch Shingai Shinowa get ready for her 72-mile bicycle journey, learn about the charity she is riding for and see some exclusive behind-scenes-pictures with one of our very favourite AfriPOP! stars ever.
Pictures of Vivienne Westwood on a fashion shoot in the heart of Nairobi slum Kibera emerged on Facebook last week. So of course we had to dig deeper to find out what the queen of punk was up to? Get the full story and some pictures from Dame Westwood’s trip under the hood.