Album Review – Busiswa ‘Highly Flavoured’ (South Africa, 2017)

Album Review – Busiswa ‘Highly Flavoured’ (South Africa, 2017)

Busiswa is a well-established entertainer and even boasts a collabo with one of the greatest African musicians to do their thing: Zimbabwe’s Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi. That should tell you something about this lady’s talent and repertoire. Busiswa is a vivacious and gifted musician that has graduated from the early days of songs like ‘Ngoku’ which was my introduction to her music. Her style has become far more diverse than back then. As the first full length project from Busiswa I am listening to, I didn’t know what exactly to expect and that is…continue reading →
Album Review – Distruction Boyz ‘Gqom is the Future’ (South African, 2017)

Album Review – Distruction Boyz ‘Gqom is the Future’ (South African, 2017)

These 2 guys have been quietly causing a storm in the South African music industry with their unmistakable Gqom sound and distinct productions. Such is their reservedness that you hardly ever hear about them in the tabloids but don't be fooled. This duo is well-known and respected.  The title of their album says it all ‘Gqom is the Future’ (GITF). I had a good idea what to expect and I can proudly say I got it. GITF opens up with a true Mzansi gqom fused house track that sets the pace called ‘My…continue reading →
Shifting Goalposts – with Ado Veli, a Kenyan Podcaster

Shifting Goalposts – with Ado Veli, a Kenyan Podcaster

It was fantastic getting the opportunity to chat with podcaster and music enthusiast Ado Veli about the Kenyan music industry. It has seen its highs and its lows over the years. There is plenty of promise but doing music business in the Kenyan environment is quite a challenge. Ado Veli takes us on a journey where we discover the golden age of Kenyan popular music and how the industry has evolved since then. We also talk about piracy and where artists need to pull up their socks in order to make the most…continue reading →
Sometimes Your Dreams Follow You – with Lorraine Lionheart

Sometimes Your Dreams Follow You – with Lorraine Lionheart

Another week brings a brand new interview! Had the pleasure of chatting with one of Botswana's best musicians based in the UK. She is no stranger to being in the limelight with a buzzing Facebook page and plenty of views on her videos. Her music is vibrant, her message is consistent, her fans are engaged. This is the African Music Industry Podcast interview with Lorraine Lionheart. Follow Lorraine Lionheart on Twitter Follow Lorraine Lionheart on Facebook Listen to the podcast on other platforms: Listen on Player.fm       Listen on iTunescontinue reading →
Album Review – K.O ‘Skhanda Republic 2’ (South Africa, 2017)

Album Review – K.O ‘Skhanda Republic 2’ (South Africa, 2017)

Ntokozo Mdluli a.k.a K.O’s long-awaited sophomore offering is finally here! I know this review comes a few weeks after this album was launched but I really wanted to give it time before I did a review. I was one of the people who loved Skhanda Republic and patiently anticipated the follow up.  It was always going to be a tough ask for K.O to eclipse the monumental Skhanda Republic which helped set the foundation for a type of South African hip hop that easily appealed to the masses. Of particular note was the…continue reading →
The Future – with Pro-G, Cape Town-based DJ & Producer

The Future – with Pro-G, Cape Town-based DJ & Producer

As the African music industry evolves, the major players in that seem to be the musicians. They are the faces of the music after all! Needless to say, there are many people behind the music. Who are they and what do they do? I had the fantastic opportunity to chat with one of those behind the scenes individuals, Cape Town-based DJ and producer, Pro-G. He has been in the African music industry for over a decade now working with numerous artists that include Kap City, Vuyo Renene and more. Currently, he holds residency…continue reading →