South Africa

OkMalumKoolKat: Internet Jetset Zuper

South African rapper OkMalumKoolKat has released the single &#8220;Internet Jetset Zuper&#8221; as part of the Obey You Collective: South Africa Series from The Fader and Sprite. Oh yeah, it&#8217;s also his debut as a producer. Turn it up! We first featured ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18356/okmalumkoolkat-internet-jetset-zuper/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Video: iFani’s “iingoma Ezimnandi”

Although he has had his share of setbacks&#8211;including losing a major-label deal with Sony and getting carjacked and kidnapped&#8211; iFani has ascended quite rapidly to South African stardom. We covered that rise in last year’s “South Africa Today” program. After ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18338/video-ifani-iingoma-ezimnandi/"> Read more &#187;</a>

A.J. Holmes’ Classic Kwaito Mix

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela taking office as the first post-apartheid leader of South Africa, A.J. Holmes has dropped a mix of classic kwaito from the mid &#8217;90s and early &#8217;00s. We covered some present-day kwaito ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18214/afropop-premiere-a-j-holmes-classic-kwaito-mix/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Shamon Cassette: “Stick ‘Em” Video Premiere and Interview

Shamon Cassette, who teamed up with Spoek Mathambo on the outstanding Afro-futuristic hip-hop tape Wave Crusher last year, has graced us with the video premiere for his new track, &#8220;Stick &#8216;Em.&#8221; Shamon describes it as a &#8220;straight, gritty New York ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18098/shamon-cassette-stick-em-video-premiere-interview/"> Read more &#187;</a>

The Lion(s) Sleep Tonight

As we explore in our special Hip Deep episode, “The Money Show,” &#8220;The Lion Sleeps Tonight&#8221; is one of the most infamous cases of an African song being used for massive financial gain by the West. In 1939, Solomon Linda ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18156/the-lions-sleep-tonight/"> Read more &#187;</a>

“Nice Shandee’s” Sibot featuring Okmalumkoolkat

South African DJ/producer Sibot got his start back in &#8217;98 with hip-hop group Max Normal (brainchild of Waddy Jones, currently known as Ninja in Die Antwoord). Since then, he has become locally and internationally known for his thrilling live sets, won the South African ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17828/nice-shandees-sibot-ft-okmalumkoolkat/"> Read more &#187;</a>

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Shared Interest Celebrates 20th Anniversary with NYC Gala

Shared Interest is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting business investment in South Africa. Launched in 1994, the year of South Africa’s first democratic elections, by the Fund for a Free South Africa, an organization set up by black South ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/16881/shared-interest-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-nyc-gala/"> Read more &#187;</a>

South Africa Today

Culturally complex and multi-racial, with a highly charged history stretching back centuries, South Africa is one of the continent’s largest- and most productive- music industries. In this episode, Afropop will take you on a journey through the South Africa of ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/15054/south-africa-today/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Cape Town Winter in Columbus Circle: Jo’Burg All Stars at Dizzy’s

Rain and fog had descended on Manhattan as a sextet of top-flight South African jazz musicians took the stage at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (part of Jazz at Lincoln Center) on Friday, April 4.  The MC, who clearly knew the ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/17755/cape-town-winter-in-columbus-circle-joburg-all-stars-at-dizzys/"> Read more &#187;</a>