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Radlyn Naidoo, a second-year BCom Informatics student at UP, has achieved great popularity through his brief participation in Idols, his YouTube videos and his various interviews – most notably with Gareth Cliff. Perdeby asked him about his journey with Tourette’s syndrome and how music and singing has helped him overcome many struggles in his life.
Just over two weeks after scooping five Grammy awards at the 2016 ceremony, including Best Rap Album for To Pimp a Butterfly, a shared Grammy with album of the year winner Taylor Swift, and not to mention a ground-breaking Grammy performance that had the whole world talking, Kendrick Lamar’s latest offering came as a surprise, as he dropped his newest project, untitled unmastered, on 4 March.
Describing the project as “Demos from To Pimp a Butterfly. In Raw Form. Unfinished. Untitled. Unmastered.” on Twitter, Lamar’s 34-minute long album consists of eight untitled tracks, which are simply numbered and include the date of recording.
Pretoria-based band Die See are busy working on a new album and will be bringing their ocean-fresh sound to Mieliepop this year. Perdeby caught up with the band in light of these developments.
You’re still working on your third album. Will it be any different from your previous offerings?
We do not set out to do something different deliberately, but [we] think, as with the two previous albums, it will sound very different. We like to experiment with music and sound and wouldn’t want to repeat something we have already explored. We also use Die See and our other individual projects to grow as musicians.
Trinidad-born American pop and hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj is set to bring her Pinkprint Tour to South Africa in March 2016. The Pinkprint Tour is the third tour by the artist in support of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, released in December 2014. The Pinkprint tour started in March 2015, with Minaj visiting Europe, North America and Asia, and with her upcoming shows in South Africa, the tour will have had 54 shows in total by its end date in March 2016.
The Pinkprint album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, selling 244 000 units in its first week. The album has sold 682 000 units in the United States alone since December 2015. The pop sensation recently made history when she simultaneously occupied four top 10 spots on the mainstream R&B/hip-hop chart with the tracks “Feelin’ myself” featuring Beyoncé, “Truffle butter”, “Only” featuring Drake, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne, and Rae Sremmurd’s “Throw some mo’”, a track that she featured on. She is the first female artist to achieve this feat.
“Folk is dead,” says The Shabeen, but they certainly are not. Perdeby caught up with the band in light of their debut EP’s release. The Shabeen consists of Jon Shaban (guitar and vocals), Ryan McArthur (upright bass), and Thomas Glendinning (drums).
What made you decide to make your album launch a nationwide event?
We wanted to launch in Johannesburg and Durban as soon as possible while we still had momentum after the Cape Town launch and then, because of some festival bookings on some other weekends in March, we managed to fill the whole month and fit in some new towns we’ve never toured to [as] The Shabeen.