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Bittereinder: A fully domesticated rap ‘n roll band

ELMARIE KRUGER

Pretoria’s gritty Afrikaans rap trio Bittereinder released the video for their new single “Skerm” early in September. What was at first a lone-standing video became a small teaser of what their latest album of the same name would be like. Skerm opens with a strong, attention-grabbing track called “Ampersand” that is still very much in the vein of their earlier work. However, the bulk of the tracks on the album are softer and more melodious than their previous albums. This becomes evident on tracks like “The ones” that features Johannesburg rapper Tumi Molekane and Dutch rapper Tim Beumers.

The slow, minimalistic, less upbeat theme carries over to songs like “Taalmeng” and “Klankanatomie”, which uses modern-day musical terms to describe everyday activities. The track shows how music can shape everyday facets of life and make them extraordinary.

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Five minutes with Bittereinder

ZOLANI NKOMO

One of your biggest songs to date is still “A tale of three cities” where you collaborated with Jack Parow and Tumi Molekane. To what would you say the success of that song could be attributed to?

“Success” is a strange and ultimately impossible thing to measure when you’re [a] SA band making alternative music but “A tale of three cities” will always be a special song for us, the concept and the three voices really spawned something golden at exactly the right time, and Louis’ awesome lyric-video just completed the track perfectly.

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New kids in town

MICHAL-MARIÉ LINDEN

Wolftown is the latest folk-blues band to come out of Cape Town. Here Sarah Pope (vocals, guitar, bass), Damian Upton (bass) and Kyle Sanders (drums and percussion) talk about launching their debut album to Gauteng audiences, including different types of performers in their live shows, as well as how Wolftown stands out in a sea of blues-folk bands.

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Goodie Mob: Old dogs with new tricks

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

After more than a decade apart, Cee Lo Green has regrouped with Goodie Mob to present us with Age Against the Machine, a bid to reclaim their place in hip hop royalty. Goodie Mob faces the challenge of addressing the failure of their previous two albums as well as the progression in the hip hop genre since their last offering.

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Earl Sweatshirt comes of age with Doris

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

In 2010, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) burst onto the hip hop scene abrasively. The group seemed hell bent on offending with lyrics that focused on rape and murder. The shock factor was only exacerbated when the most talented member of the collective was revealed as Earl Sweatshirt, who was then 16.

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