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The Sound Of: MoBlack Records

After being immersed in the Afro house scene during a decade living in Ghana, Mimmo Falcone launched MoBlack Records to help promote the sound internationally. Nearly 10 years and over 500 releases later, the label is a crucial outpost for the sound.  Alongside a mix from its catalogue, Kitty Amor learns the label’s story

Hailing from Naples, Mimmi Falcone now known as the artist MoBlack — had a desire to share his passion for music and become a DJ...

Phelimuncasi

South African gqom trio Phelimuncasi have risen to fame with their politically charged vocals and innovative beats. Makua Adimora catches up with them to learn about their new album ‘Ama Gogela’, their creative process, and why their music is here to entertain and agitate in equal measure

“‘Phelimuncasi’ means ‘you drink whatever you drink with a straw and you finish it’,” Khera, one-third of the South African gqom trio, Phelimuncasi, tells DJ...

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Moonchild Sanelly has unveiled the music video for her track 'Chicken'. Watch it below.


Playfully musing on a classical philosophical quandary ("What came first, the...

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Kitty Amor speaks to South African singer-songwriter Sio about her new album, 'Torn Tapestries', on STY TRU BTS and her journey to poetic house music majesty

A singer-songwriter who barely knew her own talent, over the past decade, Sio has become the voice for the voiceless. Having received Apple Music’s Album...

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Delivering explosive, quick-witted lyricism over beats that blend kwaito, amapiano and gqom with grime, punk and pop, South Africa's Moonchild Sanelly has become a global sensation. Here, she speaks to Makua Adimora about freedom of expression and her new album, 'Phases'

“I always describe myself as ‘Snow White turns 21 and then the seven dwarfs become her strippers’,” Moonchild Sanelly says matter-of-factly, when speaking to DJ...

Compilation of the Month: Various Artists ‘Stay True Sounds Vol.4’

The fourth compilation on Kid Fonque’s Stay True Sounds label is an enthralling testament to South Africa’s underground house scene

South Africa’s ascendance to the forefront of global house music has been something to behold. The SA house scene emerged following liberation from apartheid and...

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South Africa’s biggest independent label is taking house music to new heights and changing the lives of local artists in the process. Alongside a mix of tracks from its catalogue, founder Kid Fonque speaks to Kitty Amor about the rise and rise of Stay True Sounds

Over the past six years, three words have come to dominate any conversation about South African electronic music: Stay True Sounds. Recognised as the biggest...

Themba

South African house DJ and producer Themba has become a global star in recent years. Alongside a mix of thumping and emotive house for the On Cue series, Kristan J Caryl chats to him about his childhood obsession with collecting music, his ambitious 2021 album ‘Modern Africa Volume 1 (Ekhaya)’, and uplifting African artists around him

“Because of our history, we sing and we dance,” says Themba. “It’s our getaway from everything.”


Music has been the renowned South African DJ and...

Inside the UK Afro house renaissance

The Afro house sound is an ever-growing presence in UK dance music, with new labels, club-nights and a dedicated radio station springing up. Alongside a mix from Mr Silk, Ria Hylton explores the sound’s history, and speaks to some of the scene’s key players about forging strong connections with their growing audiences, and their aim to nurture a unique UK Afro house identity

Afro house is steeped in the percussive materials of South Africa’s townships. For decades, its polyrhythms played out on traditional African instruments — bongos, congas...

Moonchild Sanelly announces new album, shares single with Ghetts: Listen

Moonchild Sanelly has announced details of her forthcoming second album.


The South African musician and dancer - real name Sanelisiwe Twisha - will release 'Phases' via...

SNO_by Matome “The Balladman” Rampedi

As likely to play South African hip-hop as she is Congolese rumba, Egyptian jazz or Brazilian boogie, Gauteng-born, Manchester-based SNO is spreading the word about music often overlooked by the Western industry. Alongside her genre-spanning Recognise mix, she speaks to Kamila Rymajdo about familial influence, her chance start in DJing and sharing the music she loves

As a child, SNO — whose DJ name is the acronym of her government name — would spend Sundays listening to records with her uncle...

DJ Couza

Get to know Bloemfontein, South Africa's DJ Couza, the DJ and producer fusing deep house with indigenous African sounds

We’ve said it many times in these pages, but it bears repeating — some of the most soul-stirring house music around is coming out of...

Taken from the album, 'A Map of the Hills I Chose To Die On'

Jumping Back Slash has a new single on Swak Catalog, taken from the album 'A Map of the Hills I Chose to Die On': eight...

"All shows follow an enthusiasm for otherness and a deep appreciation of music," said organisers

Cape Town-based independent radio station, The Other Radio, has launched a new studio and website.

On 16th September, the community station opened the doors to...

Durban’s DJ Lag is a pioneer of the world-conquering South African dance music genre, gqom. He’s toured the world and worked with superstars, but he’s...

In 2017, during his 21st rotation around the sun, DJ Lag was experiencing a moment that every artist dreams of but few ever reach. Gqom...

The two stars of South Africa's music scene were en route to perform at a concert

Amapiano artists Mpura and Killer Kau have died after being involved in a car accident while travelling en route to a concert in Rustenburg, South...

JIVA! is available now

A new series about the South African electronic music scene is out now.

Titled JIVA!, the five-part series, produced by Cape Town's Blue Ice Africa...

“The ultimate destination for African Dance and Electronic music”

A platform for African dance and electronic music has been launched by Apple Music.

The new platform, which has been named Isgubhu — the Zulu...

In this regular feature, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections...

Clubs around the world are shut, and opportunities to find new music out in the wild have been ripped from under our feet as a...

South African-Swiss DJ and producer Nora En Pure has managed to maintain her organic house sound, despite playing some of the biggest commercial venues in...

Daniela Di Lillo is an accidental trailblazer. She is someone who has managed to rise to the top but still play her own brand of...