We talk to Bigger Nzuza about his work with FAKA, the self-proclaimed "aunties" of South Africa's queer music & art scene.
The influence of South African poet laureate Bra Willie on his U.S. rapper son is placed under a microscope.
A few years ago, I wrote about what I called the Somzification of the South African queer identity. The idea is premised on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s idea of the danger of the single story, the notion that we risk erasing essential identifiers of people’s lives or people themselves if we relax into telling a one-dimensional side of their story. The idea that being gay in this country is to be like Somizi.
ICYMI: Gender non-conforming musician Mx Blouse released a fresh music video titled ‘Is’phukphuku’, featuring Thor Rixon, Jakinda and Albany Lore.
Director/Editor: Jarred Figgins
Styling: Peter Georgiades
INDIE Contributor Rifumo Mdaka finds out more:
“Hey guys! Can we just shoot in here?” They laughed at us!”
Mx Blouse knows they stand out but that’s the way they want to be.
“They were laughing at my outfit but the minute we started shooting, we were like, “You guys can ca...
I’ve spent at least three months hunting him down. Confirming my first interview in 2013 felt like it took seconds. What’s changed? He’s barely in the country anymore. He’s dropped Touré from his stage name. He’s released a novel. He’s starred in a highly acclaimed and controversial film. He’s signed to a foreign label and talent agency. He’s performing at shows all over the world. He is Nakhane.
From the moment I meet her at Cape Audio College studio she has been recording and mixing in, she treats me as though she knows me. Her loose-flowing dreads, septum piercing, gap between her middle incisors, and bright neon green windbreaker are to me the perfect costume for an artist as niche as Dope Saint Jude. Every single piece is a curated decision by the self-confessed control freak artist.
DJ Maphorisa’s presence is known and felt across the music industry, whether you realise dude is there or not. Some of the more high-flying accolades to his name include international collaborations with artists including Drake, Wizkid, and Major Lazer, among others. But if for nothing else, Lawd Porry is the name we will remember for his efforts in pushing the gqom wave.
Who throws a party midweek in January? Kitcheners in Braamfontein. But this wasn't any old regular party; this was billed as a safe space for queer people and girls. For some context, Kitch has come under fire of late for attracting a seemingly unwelcoming cishet crowd. Pussy Party is the carvery bar's answer to this.
Wendy, Wendy, Wendy. How you dzoin'? Feeling better yet? I heard you'll be back 19 March so in your absentia, I decided to unpack just why it is you're so popular. And this is it.
Wendy Williams is a daytime talk show host who solicits ratings by berating famous faces in the very industry she makes a living from.
I promise: we'll talk about nipplegate this one last time and be done with it! But there's aso good reason for bringing it up now. Damita Jo, Janet Jackson's eighth studio album was released 14 years ago this week (30 Mar. 2004). That's two full months after nipplegate took place on 1 Feb. 2004. So what kind of album should a black female pop star release after her boob is exposed to the whole of America live on television?
The album's title is actually Janet's second name: she was born Janet...
Now that the dust has (mostly) settled following Beychella, it's good as time as any to talk about why that performance matters. But let's take it back to 2016.
When "Formation" dropped out of nowhere in February of that year, I remember being in the club with a friend. Another friend was at fashion week and sent me a text that almost ended my life. "BEYONCE JUST DROPPED A MUSIC VIDEO." Of course, I didn't believe him but as soon as I jumped onto YouTube and saw what I saw, I ran the hell out...
Missy Elliot and Destiny's Child go way back. Like to the very beginning of the group back. All these years later, she hasn't forgotten the importance of the group and she wants the world to know it.
One of the internet’s most disruptive sound art duos out of SA, FAKA, has been announced on the bill of Unsound Festival this October. This sees them joining fellow ZA pioneer DJ Lag amongst a lush lineup, which also includes UK’s GAIKA, Phuture, the first live performance of the acclaimed ‘Stranger Things‘ soundtrack and so much more.
Following the release of his fourth studio LP, Nowhere Cool, only a week ago, Ghana’s M.anifest is firing forward with the first single, ‘Cupid’s Crooked Bow’. The album title tips a hat to feminist author, playwright and longtime friend, Ama Ata Aidoo’s short story of the same name.