Albums to look out for in 2017

Tremaine by Trey Songz: It’s been a while since Mr. Steal Yo’ Girl has released anything new, with his recent legal troubles taking centre stage, but this album by the RnB superstar promises to live up to fans’ expectations with many soulful ballads.

Culture by Migos: With hits such as ‘Bad and Boujee’ and ‘T-shirt’ already making waves, it’s only a matter of time before this album becomes the most downloaded album on the net. The album was released earlier in January of this year.

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Rapper Rouge shines bright


She goes by the name of Rouge and is currently one of the hottest new-school rappers to grace the South African hip-hop scene.

Rouge started her music career after finishing high school. She studied Drama at UP and planned to take on musical theatre. She always sang, but it was not until her friend convinced her to try rapping that she realized that she enjoyed it more. When asked why she went on to further her studies, unlike most rappers who drop out of school to pursue their dreams, she said “School was always important to me, especially since my family moved here from the Congo so that my siblings and I could have a better life. I felt as though I owed it to them to finish my studies”.

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UP’s own music talents


Starting university can reveal previously unthought-of opportunities with success well in the reach of the average student.

Ewan Botha is a law graduate from UP and also the lead vocalist for the post-grunge punk rock group Impact42. They have regular performances at Rumour’s Lounge in Johannesburg. This five-piece band relishes their simplicity and the ease with which they can be listened to. Impact42 reaches out to their listeners in a unique way with emotional lyrics and simple enjoyable riffs. Fans can access their new EP on SoundCloud, iTunes and Facebook. If you happen to catch them, Botha insists you have a drink with them as their favourite part about being in a band is engaging with fans. Keep an eye out on Rumours and upcoming music festivals because this band always delivers a head-banger.

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Album review: Bonobo - Migration


Simon Green, a.k.a. Bonobo, has come a long way since his debut album Animal Magic in 2000. His 2013 album North Borders brought his name into the main stream with tracks such as “First Fires” and “Cirrus”. His latest album Migration proves to be his most sophisticated album yet.

The album showcases Bonobo’s skilful down tempo sounds, but with a cleaner and more subtle hand. While his 2013 album North Borders is often criticised for its moody sounds, Migration breaks the monotony with some faster tempo tracks. The opening song “Migration” gives a taste of the rest of the album, with a slow rise and subtle sounds that add a complexity to a relatively simple track.

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Willemien talks Afrikaans-French fusion

Willemien Heys won a national award at the Vrystaat Kunstefees this year for her and Adelle Nqeto’s production, “Twee Hartstale”. Heyns is a lecturer at UP and Nqeto is one of her former students. Perdeby spoke to Willemien about her music and her focus on language.

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