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Beyoncé Lemonade- review

AAISHA KALLIER AND CAROLYN HUGHES

Beyoncé has a tendency to shock the world and send the internet into frenzy by releasing entire albums in secret. The release of her visual album Lemonade was pre-empted by the surprise release of her single “Formation” in late February this year.

The concept of a visual album is that each track is accompanied by a video. Prior to the release of the album she coyly utilised Instagram as a platform to post teasers for it. Lemonade is Beyoncé’s sixth studio album, and features vocals by The Weeknd, James Black, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack White.

Lemonade is about much more than her husband’s rumoured infidelity, which is perhaps the most obvious topic of the thematically varied album. The first half of the album explores this theme through lyrics like “you can taste the dishonesty, it’s all over your breath” in her opening track “Pray you catch me”. She goes on to explore emotions like sorrow and disbelief that transition into anger and apathy in the tracks that follow.

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Five minutes with musical maestro Majozi

ELMARIE KRUGER

Pop sensation Majozi gained a lot of local attention with his hit song “Darling”. Perdeby caught up with the singer to talk about his brand new album, Fire.

 

You have just released Fire. What can listeners expect from the release?

Expect a sonic journey that hopefully will leave a smile on your face [when] it’s done.

 

What was your favourite song to record on the album?

“Our last goodbye”. It’s probably the song I’m most proud of.

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Thieve Extra Ordinary - review

CAROLYN HUGHES

The names Andrew Davenport, Fred den Hartog and Sheldon Yoko have become familiar on the South African alternative music scene. With lead singer Davenport coming from local mega-band aKing and Den Hartog and Yoko hailing from Die Heuwels Fantasties, the group have brought together an exciting collaboration by the name of Thieve.

Extra Ordinary is the group’s second full length album and has been widely and enthusiastically received among fans thus far.

The band recorded a large part of the album in a makeshift beach studio in Vleesbaai, which featured in their first music video for their single “Wild Western Cape”. This single serves as the opening track on the album and sets the tone for a happy and positive listening experience.

Extra Ordinary is captivating from start to finish, encompassing both upbeat, pop-electro tunes and soulful ballads alike, strung together with many comforting and familiar guitar riffs. It is an eclectic mix of sounds and genres. Each track is distinctly different from the next. The tracklist is comprised of 12 songs, and each one comes together as an easy-listening, familiar sing-along favourite.

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Zayn Mind of Mine - review

KOJO ESSAH

Zayn Malik is an English singer and songwriter who came to prominence as a member of popular boy band One Direction. He left the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career under the stage name Zayn and released Mind of Mine, on 25 March.

His debut solo studio album, Mind of Mine, is a multi-layered album that explores the thoughts and feelings of the singer. It is filled with mature lyrics about love, relationships, sex, his time with One Direction, and the idea of self-discovery.

The album opens with the title track “Mind of mine” in which Zayn invites listeners to explore the contents of his mind that he makes available over the course of the album. “Pillowtalk” is arguably the most well-known song on the album so far with its racy and upbeat, yet tasteful and poetic lyrics about sex. Zayn sings about the rawness, pleasure and purity of sex, and the physical and spiritual elements of the activity. Zayn’s brilliant vocals, along with the catchy chorus and melody, make this song one of the most memorable on the album.

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#FreeRassie: neo-struggle song becomes sensation

THOMAS MARAIS

After the events that kicked off the #AfrikaansMustFall movement, the arrest of former SRC president “Rassie” Rasethaba caused a group of UP students to compose and release a song in protest against this. Called “#FreeRassie”, this hip-hop style song caught on with a great number of people and garnered the artists a good deal of attention. Perdeby sat down with these students, known as Focalistic, Nolosel, Papi and Power, to get some info on their creative process.

 

What made you decide to focus on former SRC President Rasethaba, as opposed to the others who were wrongfully arrested?

We were recording a different song when one of our friends came in and told us that Rassie was arrested. She said we should make a song about it, [and] just freestyle it. It started out as a joke, and we thought at that time that only Rassie had been arrested, and later he sort of became the face of the Tuks 27.

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