Blk Jks Talk About Making Their New Album
Given that you’ve been playing together for so long, how do discussions around a song’s form happen? Does everyone kind of know how it’ll flow, or is there a sit-down beforehand to discuss the approach? You know the story of the hard drives being stolen at Soweto Theatre. By the time we were recording those…
#Satire | Man Loses Plot, Arrests Another For Being At The Wrong Place, At The Wrong Time
People who’ve no frigging clue how these innercity Jozi streets operate act all forms of shook when their outsider asses encounter even the slightest of discomforts. Such was the case with Herman Mashaba when he decided to take a stroll and catch a vibe in the Summer heat. The Johannesburg mayor, creator of Black Like…
Langa & Shekhinah Kick It At The Bar
Two artists, arguably the finest of this generation, walk into a bar. They don’t do it at once, however.
#PhotoEssay | Back When Gqom Was A Dirty Word, And Now…
One of the biggest songs on South African radio in 2016 was Babes Wodumo’s “Wololo”. Deejays previously associated with mainstream ‘house’ music have been riding the wave since, with Euphonik’s atrocious “Tholukuthi Hey” the latest addition. Bhizer’s “Gobisiqolo” is a guaranteed hit at taverns; Busiswa’s inclusion onto it helped notch it up a few drunken…
#Photoessay | Jozi’s Live Music Scene: Faces + Spaces [2013 – 2017]
I started to follow the black band scene closely once I got to Jozi 5 years ago. I would get asked by people then — and it still happens today — what the end-goal was for the images. I never knew how to answer.
#Fotografi | Johnny Cradle Photoshoot
Hung out on a rooftop with the homies and a 20-litre water container recently. This is what happened. Shouts-out to all involved. Check out the Johnny Cradle website for updates and such.
This Ship Is Built On Blood…
This is Craftmen’s Ship, the latest addition to the Maboneng Precinct’s innercity expansion project. It’s currently under development; a project due for completion in under a month. Two years ago, the land on which this building now sits was occupied by a couple of Tanzanian homies who manufactured furniture and fixed vehicles. One day, a…
#PhotographingRap | Cashtime Life
Cashtime Life have endured a groundswell support over the last 18-24 months. Formed off of the ashen factories of Cashtime Fam (Kid X, Smashis, AB Crazy) and Teargas (Ma-E, Ntukza, K.O.) the collective, which also includes friends/long-time collaborators DJ Vigilante and emcees Nomoozlie and Maggz, has cultivated an urban aesthetic which concocts tails of township…
#PhotographingRap | Youngsta
Youngsta’s resolve is bananas; his focus insane! We’ve hung out a couple of times in the past 3 years. There was a camera. These are the events as captured and presented for the on-going #PhotographingRap series.
Graffiti Artist Wane’s City Of Gold
New York-based graf writer Wane was invited to paint during the City of Gold Festival in 2014. Writer and journalist Neo Maditla spoke to the legendary pressure controller about his life-long passion for gaseous fumes, and about why innercity Jozi’s similar to the New York of old.