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  • blog November 3, 2016

    Happy Birthday to Brenda Fassie

    It was Brenda Fassie’s birthday anniversary on Thursday, a perfect opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of the late South African singer, lost too soon. Fassie died May 9, 2004 in Johannesburg at 39 years old; she would have … Read more »

  • blog June 27, 2016

    South African Public Radio Institutes Controversial Local Music Quota

    Following an “extensive and successful” campaign for better representation by the SABC, South Africa’s public broadcasting company, local music professionals are rejoicing over the SABC’s move to dedicate 90 percent of its airtime to locally produced music. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the … Read more »

  • botb June 8, 2016

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Southern Exposure–A Journey in Southern Africa

    In this installment of “Best of The Beat,” we offer a fascinating narrative by our itinerant writer/scholar, Ron Sakolsky, who spent six months in 1998 post-apartheid South Africa as a resident professor at the University of Natal in Durban, and … Read more »

  • blog May 22, 2015

    Future Sound of Mzansi: Documentary Out Now

    If like us, you have been eagerly following all of the astounding electronic music coming out of South Africa in recent years, then we have some good news for you. Spoek Mathambo, the multitalented musician and producer from Johannesburg, has teamed up … Read more »

  • interview January 16, 2015

    “This Mad Music”: Jumping Back Slash Interviewed

    As part of our research for our recent podcast on DJ Spoko, producer Sam Backer interviewed Jumping Back Slash, a UK born, South Africa based producer. In addition to his own music (which you can check out here), JBS has … Read more »

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