Get to Know: Kommanda Obbs, A Leader in Lesotho's New School of Rap

(photo credit: © Hlompho Letsiel via Mahala) Sounds Like: Busta Rhymes went on a pilgrimage in the Maloti mountains cialis for sale and came back a Sesotho poet. The low-down:  The self-described pioneer of ts’epe (steel or iron)- a sub-genre of hip hop unique to Lesotho – has meticulously refined his craft to develop a distinct flow that sets him apart from many of his peers. He entered the music […]

 

Mpho Skeef: Fresh out the box

Last I spoke to Mpho Skeef she had an independently released EP called Documented in the cut. For three whole years to have passed and for there to be this much buzz upon her return is unheard of. Clearly it was time away well spent for the 33-year-old who got hitched, popped a second child and got on with constructing POP Art, her debut disc, which is one out of […]

 

Box N Locks video

And now here’s Mpho Skeef’s video for the single Box N Locks. We only hope this means that there really is an album on the way after all these years. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDfLBY6PJrQ]

 

We're diggin' this: Nneka's Heartbeat

Get to know this chica, asap [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lulJdMKaZw]

 

Get To Know: 88 Keys

Cameroonian producer breaks new ground by going six feet below on The Death of Adam By Kiki Louya 88 Keys may not be a name you hear very often, but this veteran producer is arguably one of the best kept secrets in the music industry. His jazz-infused instrumentals have laced the tracks of everybody from Mos Def to Consequence to Macy Gray. With his debut album, The Death of Adam, produced by […]

 

The Listening

AfriPOP! shares tunes with two of music’s most revered crate diggers – Bobbito Garcia and Rich Medina Arriving in South Africa in 2000 was a trip for Bobbito Garcia. (He even tells the folks at friends we love so). Hosting his legendary WCKR Hip-hop radio show with Stretch Armstrong he had some idea about its global reach. But touring with fellow New Yorkers, DJ/producer Mr. Len (Company Flow) and Jean Grae […]

 

Fresh to Def: MC Shad

MC Shad, lyricist from Rwanda via Canada, Master’s student and AfriPOP star is our new Hip-hop hope For almost the entire final quarter of 2008 I wondered what had gotten into me. I’d spent the majority of that year ignoring rap music. My favourite Hip-hop album was the most non-rap one out there. It was also the most hated. And I understood why: Auto tune is wrong, Kanye is no singer, […]

 

Singing My Song: Loyiso Bala

South African R&B Singer eyes UK success If, like Loyiso Bala, my brother had masterminded one of the most successful Kwaito groups in South Africa, and I had the chance to be part of it, then that would have been my career path made.  Much easier than carving an R&B niche out of the local music landscape, which is what he did instead. Just because it’s one of those genres […]

 

Get to Know...Tumi and the Volume

Tumi and the Volume do London In their near-decade long existence Tumi and the Volume have maintained their reputation in South Africa as the most travelled band of their generation with just two albums to their credit – 2004′s Live at the Bassline and their 2006 self-titled set. Much has been said about the condescending attitudes that daunt the world music circuit, but its followers remain faithful and its purveyors […]

 

Get to Know...Robin Rhode

Untitled, Teapot 2005 Art imitates street life South African artist Robin Rhode was born in Cape Town in 1976. Formally, he cut his teeth at Wits Tech (National Diploma in Fine Art) and South African School of Film, Television and Dramatic Arts – both in Johannesburg. Rhode now occupies the performing and fine arts’ worlds from its epicenter Berlin (where he resides) and beyond, having exhibited his work on his […]