Five minutes with Bittereinder


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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Goodie Mob: Old dogs with new tricks


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


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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New kids in town


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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Nakhane’s Brave Confusion


Nakhane Touré spoke to Perdeby about some of the tracks on his debut album, Brave Confusion.

Tabula Rasa:
"Tabula Rasa" was written one afternoon after I had a fight with a friend of mine because I found out that he had double standards about certain things. If you listen to the lyrics, you can hear that they are quite sarcastic. There's a part where I say, "Are you disgusted yet? No? Well, I love you too." It's very sarcastic but I love him very much. We're still close. I heard about the word "tabula rasa", it's Latin. I downloaded a pronunciation on it and the pronunciation had a melodic thing about it that I liked. So I tried to figure it out on my guitar and that's how the chorus came about, by figuring it out the pronunciation of this word. I wrote the verses around that.

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