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Idols Reaches Milestone But Not Enough For Amanda

Amanda’s hopes to become South Africa’s newest Idols were cut short on Sunday evening, sadly.



Idols SA Season 11 reached another milestone this week with over 6.4 million votes cast for the Season 11 Top 7 between Sunday evening 11 October and Tuesday evening 13 October – that’s over 4 million votes more than for the corresponding week in last year’s Season 10. But unfortunately Idols’s “comeback kid”, 22-year-old Amanda Antony from Port Elizabeth, received the fewest of this massive number of votes, making her the fourth Top 10 finalist to go home.
With the Top 10 now whittled down to Top 6, each contestant on Sunday got to perform two numbers under the musical theme of “90’s vs Today” – one song each in the first round from the decade in which they were all born, the Nineties, and then for the second round, a hit song from the current charts.
The first person to receive enough votes to survive to the Top 6 was 24-year-old Karabo Mogane. Born in 1991, Karabo went back to April 1995 for Boys II Men classic “Water Runs Dry” for his first performance. And from today’s tracklists he selected Hozier’s “Someone New”.
“You were heart-and-soul, knee-deep in that song,” Gareth Cliff said happily. An impressed Somizi Mhlongo said that Karabo was a songwriter’s dream and a producer’s dream and an arranger’s dream. Unathi Msengana agreed with both of her colleagues and also commended Karabo on his professional breath control. “Your singing has improved tremendously during this competition,” Randall Abrahams noted approvingly.
Next up was Dineo Moseki (22) from Vryburg, a 1993 baby who chose Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” from December 1998 as her Nineties song. And her current hit choice was local outfit Beatenberg’s “Rafael”.
Gareth noted how much better Dineo sounds when she tackles something upbeat like that second song. “Last week your spaceship crashed and you were the only survivor found!” Somizi joked. “You survived,” he said encouragingly. Unathi commented that she loved Dineo’s interpretation of the Lauryn Hill song, but it didn’t sound like Randall was impressed – “I have a funny feeling the boys are going to take the second round as well,” he commented.
21-year-old Rhema Varrie from Alberton was born in 1994 and his Nineties hit from February 1995 was Radiohead’s “High And Dry”. His selection from the 2015 charts was One Republic’s “Counting Stars”.
Gareth noted that Rhema has a unique sound and advised him to make that his distinctive standout quality. “When Jesus says ‘yes’, no Randall can say ‘no’!” Somizi cracked. “Hallelujah!” Unathi concurred. And Randall was happy not only about Rhema’s improvement as a singer, but also with the talent that he displayed on multiple instruments tonight. He just expressed a wish that Rhema would also increase in confidence, like Karabo and Loyiso had done.
Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Inanda, who was born in 1991, selected the classic All 4 One hit “I Can Love You Like That” from June 1995. And for his second round song Siphelele stuck with a vernac choice as always, Nathi’s “Nomvula”, which earned him a standing ovation from Unathi and Somizi.
“I was blown away,” Gareth admitted. “Your voice is anointed!” Somizi raved. “Even if you don’t speak English or sing English, stick to where your heart and soul is, you will never be hungry,” he advised. Unathi thought Siphelele “destroyed” with the second performance, and Randall seemed dumbstruck. “Just a few weeks ago it looked like you were going home,” he spluttered. “In my time on Idols I’ve never seen such a comeback …”
23-year-old Mmatema Moremi from Limpopo was born in 1992 but her Nineties hit tonight was from September 1998: Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”.  And from the current world charts Mmatema chose Jess Glynne’s hit, “Hold My Hand”.
”It’s almost as if you’ve been performing all your life. You just don’t put a foot wrong,” Gareth marveled. But he requested that she tackle something “risky” next week. Somizi admitted that he didn’t know the song, “but you made me love it!” he raved. Unathi was not thrilled with Mmatema’s first song, “but then you came back and said ‘this is I … this is how it will be done …’” she noted happily. And Randall thought he couldn’t add anything to that feedback. “I’m just going to say it was great to hear you do a pop song,” he smiled.
16-year-old Loyiso Gijana from Uitenhage was born in 1999 his Nineties song, from August 1991, was the Boyz II Men hit: “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday”. Halfway through Sunday’s show Gareth Cliff, Somizi Mhlongo, and Unathi Msengana thought that Loyiso had delivered the best performances of the first round, and Randall Abrahams agreed that all four of the guys had given sterling performances.


And for his 2015 hit at the end of the second round Loyiso chose “Hold Back The River”, by James Bay. “You see, you’re not afraid at all to take risky songs and make them work,” Gareth said happily. “I don’t know how to fault you,” said Somizi. He noted that Loyiso could give Usher and Chris Brown a run for their money. Unathi commented on the passion in Loyiso’s performance, “and the passion you will feel in the voting,” she smiled. “We so easily forget how young you are,” said Randall. But he warned that from next week it’s anybody’s competition to win or to lose.
Voting for the Top 6 opened during the course of Sunday’s live broadcast and will close at 22:00 on Tuesday, 20 October.


Anatii’s Iyeza Is His Best Work Yet – Album Review

Anatii’s Iyeza is a cohesive, fervent and spiritual journey. He’s found his sound, his faith and, the calling he must heed.



Anatii Iyeza Review
Photo Credit: Anatii via Instagram
Review of: Anatii – Iyeza

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On October 13, 2018
Last modified:October 13, 2018


Anatii's 10 track album finds him at his most confident as he fully dives into his African heritage to bring us a luxuriant and soulful project

Rarely have we seen an artist whose creative legitimacy has remained as uncontested as Anatii’s. On the contrary, “I feel like he’s going to buy weed at KFC”, is one of the most popular comments on his Youtube account, a reference to him ‘making the pots happen.’

In South Africa’s increasingly cynical – and ever critically discerning – soundscape, the market sometimes goes harder on rappers than they do on politics. Your faves get blasted every other day and you know that.

Yet, apart from the fact that his personal life remains as withheld from the public as much as he shuns the splashy displays that have become hinged to album promotional build ups, its the sheer production virtuosity, talent and compelling storytelling that set him apart.

Anatii Iyeza Review

Perhaps, the 25-year-old rapper feels no pressure.

And why should he? Halfway through his twenties, his catalogue boasts a slew of timeless classics that have shaped the business as much as they disrupted the convention. Things were never quite the same after The Saga, were they? In all honesty, that verse might have introduced Balmain to the better part of our youth. And it’s also here that ‘sexy chubby n****’ became some cool lexicon.

Back to Iyeza. A few songs allude to spiritual callings to which he must heed. That might or might have not influenced a controversial radio presenter to attempt ‘outing’ him as one who has answered a sangoma calling.

Thriving at the periphery of the formulaic tried-and-true, Anatii’s distinct sound and beautiful Xhosa heritage and a strong anchor in contemporary sound continues being a definitive factor in his fascinating journey on his latest album, Iyeza.

Fascinating is the word because, on this album, he departs from playing to mainstream seductions and enters a spiritual realm of unbridled authenticity.

Anatii Iyeza Review

We know that he’s entered a whole new dimension in his career because on this album, he turns to isiXhosa to articulate his most complex, emotional and personal ideas. That’s as true as it is for his song titles – which are mostly in his native language – as much as it is for his beautifully African album artwork and album title. Iyeza means (traditional) medicine.

In many ways, Iyeza is the more refined masterpiece that his previous collaborative project with AKA – Be Careful What You Wish For – aimed to be.

Anatii Iyeza Review

It’s the successor that better showcases Anatii’s multilayered technique, spiritual faith and character. Mind you, that’s not even paying dust to BCWYF, which was a decent contribution to Hip Hop.

This 10 track project finds Anatii straddling the gaps between Trap and traditional African sonic flavours. He’s truly found himself here – bringing nostalgic elements that distil the often understated South African musical footprint to trap 808s in ways that no one else has tackled out here.

There are some subtle electronic synths that enhance African inspired electric guitars and organic traditional sounds on Wena, the album’s opening track. A perfect opener, the song sets the mood and vibe that will become the cohesive thread weaving this album together into an embrace of an authentic African expression of self. The song has the spirit of Jabu Khanyile, Joe Nina, Tshepo Tshole and Caiphus Semenya all over it, without having anything to do with these icons.

One of the album’s best tracks, Ngozi (Danger) follows next. It’s one of the songs in which he makes mention of his ancestors in a spiritual sense, a divine being who is active in his life. Perhaps as a reference to the pressures of heeding a calling, the song explores the conflict between running away, like a fugitive, from what he’s been called to do, or from danger, and the simpler comfort zones. It’s a space that most of us will have to navigate at one point or another.

The end of this song has a beautiful transition into something abstract, spiritual and ethereal. Anatii could be flirting with ululating, or just diving in and out of his African heritage, which contains in it the rich texture of melodic musicality.


The narrative of risk and foreboding fear of lurking danger continues onto Hlatini, another solid bop on the album. At this point, the album has completely matured in its assumption of a specific identity. The chord progressions and vocals styles are now fully anchored in Africa’s infinite musical universe. Something about the chorus and hook could remind an old soul of the Soul Brothers.

Ndaweni sustains the momentum. With high pitch and spirited vocals which he lays over a song that could have easily charted alongside Mandoza, Trompies and Abashante back in the 90s, Anatii continues making a firm statement about his musical DNA. He’s not here to churn out pointless number ones and produce random beats to make a quick buck. He’s here to shift the landscape. And he cares about a whole lot of things, one of them being the sheer feeling of his productions.


Ntloni is one of the album’s more commercially palatable bangers. It has all the elements of a bop you’d jam to at Taboo, at Pop Bottles, at the Sands. It has a beautiful summer hit finish to it, which Anatii has already proven to have no problem whipping out.

Vuka is possibly the album’s most beautiful love song. It’s a sing-along, smooth and lush African summer jam. The chorus and hook instantly demand to be kept on a loop. The organic instrumentation allows the hearty harmonies to shine, giving the song a verdant laid-back vibe.





Anatii's 10 track album finds him at his most confident as he fully dives into his African heritage to bring us a luxuriant and soulful project
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Vince Staples To Headline The 2nd Annual Caspule Fest This November



Capsule Poster Vince Staples

Leading SA streetwear retailer Sportscene recently announced the first wave of performers for the second annual CAPSULE FEST taking place in Joburg next month. The festival will feature international headliner Vince Staples alongside some of SA’s hottest acts right now.

From his critically acclaimed debut Summertime ’06 album in 2015 to his most recent project, Big Fish Theory, this Compton local Vince Staples keeps his sound deeply tied to his west coast roots and his message is one that knows no boundaries. Currently a member of the hip-hop trio Cutthroat Boyz, he is a standout rapper in today’s hip hop world reaching critical acclaim with every release.

Taking place on Saturday, 24th November 2018 at Zone 6 in Soweto, the festival will host a music concert featuring SA heavy hitters Riky Rick, AKA and Babes Wodumo, amongst an array of other popular street culture activities to do.


The second annual CAPSULE FEST is an urban street cultural festival that brings together artists, music lovers, influencers, designers, creatives, sport enthusiasts, consumers and brands in an authentic celebration of SA and African street culture.

Following last year’s success, the festival will again package a unique experience offering including brand exhibitions, Sneaker activations, Gaming, Skating, live music talks and a host of other exciting activities to cater for various age groups.

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Get Lucky Summer NYE Celebration Back With Freshlyground, Goodluck & More




The time of the year to start finalising those year-end party plans is upon us, as is the time to bang out those leave request forms at the office. The travel stokvels are coming to an end for a lot of people, the bonuses and the 13th cheques are looming. It’s time to shine. Well, if you will be in the Cape Town at the very end of 2018, the Get Lucky Summer NYE party might just be the plug for you.


South Africa’s top electronic trio Goodluck, our soulful legends Freshlyground, dancefloor powerhouse Kyle Watshop, and folk-pop sensations Rubber Due will all be ringing in New Year in Plett at the  Get Lucky Summer NYE Party on the Robberg Rugby Club lawns, 31 December 2018.

Get Lucky Summer NYE Square


The Get Lucky Summer NYE celebration promises to be another magical night that audience members won’t forget. Set under the Garden Route stars, in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, with fully-stocked bars and facilities, an exclusive VIP viewing deck, delicious tasty treats from the variety of food trucks, and world class live music entertainment!

If chart-topping music, live entertainment, unforgettable holidays, pure fun, family, friends and good times are what you are all about… then this is the perfect way to see in the New Year of 2019.

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