UP rapper Shonaman releases Rebels


Shonaman, a fourth year Social Work student at UP, has been working hard on the release of his EP entitled Rebels, and after much anticipation he is finally ready to share it with everyone.

You said that your music is related to who you are spiritually. How has your music changed on a spiritual platform?

Yeah, my music is more spiritual. I have grown up a lot and understand things a lot better. Since I got involved with church, my music and identity have changed dramatically.


What sets your music apart from other student rappers?

I don’t compare myself to other rappers. At the end of the day, the music is all universal. However, I am a Christian so my music often reflects my beliefs. I would say that that’s what sets me apart.

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Album Review: Chris Chameleon - Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy


When you listen to Chris Chameleon’s work, you will time and time again find yourself surprised at his fresh and unique interpretation of the particular frame of mind from where that album is produced. His new album, Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy, which launched Friday 5 May at the Musiekskuur in Pretoria, is certainly no exception.

Chris Chameleon performed with Daniella Deysel – whom he has previously collaborated with on the 2014 album, Posduif. Together the two provided the audience with a sensual rendition of the album, that strongly embodied the theme of Jy En Ek En Ek En Jy. It was an intimate performance, with breaths of fresh air provided by Chris Chameleon’s magnetic on-stage charisma, as the venue only allows for a small audience. The audience was completely transfixed by the chemistry between the two performers.

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5 minutes with Slow Jack


Perdeby caught up with the pop rock band Slow Jack after the release of their brand new single “Ode to the future”. The band is currently performing across Pretoria and Johannesburg, after which they will be heading to STRAB festival from 25 to 28 May.

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Local band Friends With Leaves


Homegrown band, Friends With Leaves, has been blooming since the release of their EP, Sleep On It, earlier this year. Perdeby spoke to band members Kiara, Angelo, Cameron, Ruan, Darius, and Rouxne about their experiences on stage and behind the scenes.

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Album Review: Gorillaz - Humanz


Everyone’s favourite virtual band is back with their fifth studio album Humanz. Over the past seven years, fans have been faced with worries that no one would hear from the British rock Hip-Hop band again. The new album does not disappoint in classic Gorillaz sound with their apocalyptic Hip-Hop production and wide range of contributing artists.

The man behind the music, Damon Albarn, animator Jamie Hewlett, and virtual band members 2-D, Noodle, Russel, and Murdoc, along with a lengthy list of contributing artists, bring their usual apocalyptic landscape in the fast-paced 125 beats or more per minute album. The album can be disappointing at times as some songs feel as if they depart from Gorillaz as a band and rather showcase Albarn and the contributors, although certain tracks do keep with the band we all know and love. Perhaps Humanz is the parting of the virtual band from their human creators, rather than the humanisation of the characters as the album cover might suggest.

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