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"Earth" by Zethu Mashika
A track evoking traditional Zulu warrior culture from the upcoming movie "Hear Me Move", South Africa's first dance film.
"Jump off a Cliff" by Dark Suburb
A warning about the lures of love from Ghana's first ever rock band, who conceal their identities at every performance.
"Masangango" by Mokoomba
A swirl of sounds by the internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean sextet that gives traditional Tonga music a rhythmic twist.
"Keep In Touch" by Dope Saint Jude featuring Angel-Ho
A sassy track with catchy wordplay by Catherine St Jude, a new female rapper from the Cape Flats.
"La Llorna" by Amy Ayanda & Thor Rixon
A spare but atmospheric track by Cape Town's new female electrofolk artist, flawlessly produced by Thor Rixon.
The ghetto romance of gqom
The flavourful sound of local music genre gqom has found an unlikely champion in British DJ Jumping Back Slash.
"Zulu Funk Soul" by DJ Zulufunk
This up-and-coming DJ wants to put female house music producers on the map – starting with her own African rhythm-infused sound.
"Night Repair" by Angel-Ho
A cacophonous and strident track from the Cape Town performance artist who performs at Design Indaba Music 2015.
Her body as a weapon
"She can be an angel or a bitch," says Angelo Valerio about his performance persona, Angel-Ho. Here he tells us why she wants to toy with our perceptions.
Mother of Song
Listen to the entrancing "Voices", an unreleased acoustic track by South African songstress Nongoma, who will perform at Design Indaba Music 2015.
"Pick Pocket" by RVWR feat. Shamon Cassette
A bellowing bass track by South African beatmaker RVWR, the second act to be announced as part of Design Indaba Music 2015.
Meet Ghanaian rapper M.anifest
We chat with rap artist M.anifest, who performs at Design Indaba Music 2015, after his return from a tour with Damon Albarn in South America.
"La La" by Tabi Bonney
The Togolese hip-hop artist explores new electronic ground in this futuristic and buoyant track.
"Pala Pala Woman" by Mani Bella
If you’ve never heard of Bikutsi music, tune in to this infectious contemporary spin on the Cameroonian music tradition.
“Diamond” by Freestyles263
A refreshingly hip-swaying serenade from this Zimbabwean group of artists who meld dancehall with as many other genres as possible.
"Intro to" by Mungo
This fluid, twinkling electronic track is the perfect introduction to the solo musical project of bassist, guitarist and DJ, Simon Lee aka Mungo.
"Soumbouya Ancestral Soul Remix" by Boddhi Satva
Salif Keita's "Soumbouya" gets a smoky reinterpretation from Boddhi Satva, a DJ and producer from the Central African Republic.
"Somewhere" by Sipho The Gift, featuring Well$
A catchy, thought-provoking track by young Stellenbosch-based rapper-producer Sipho The Gift.
"Ama-Rulah" by Roberto
This week we look to Lusaka, Zambia, for a head-bobbing track by Afro-R&B artist Roberto.
Catching up with Kesivan & The Lights
Our music writer, Shiba Mazaza, talks to prolific drummer Kesivan Naidoo about his new EP "Brotherhood" before he heads to Carnegie Hall.
"Golide" by Sonye
Track of Week is a light and catchy love song by Malawian R&B singer-songwriter Sonye.
"Get High" by Mr Moeh 24
This track by multitalented designer, photographer and DJ Mpumelelo Macu is a staple for anyone who values seamless production.
"This Time" by TheCITY
Romantic and uplifting, this track by a unique-sounding band puts a futuristic, jazzy twist on an old-timey melody.
"Summer" by Alpha Wilde
Sink into summer with a quiet warmth, lazy vocals and just a touch of scattered synthesised sound.
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