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Review: Black Coffee’s Pieces Of Me Is A Surreal Journey With The Self

Black Coffee’s latest offering, Pieces Of Me, might just be the strongest contender for album of the year. The 12 track masterpiece is precise, perfect, spiritual and the essential experiment. Read the full review



Black Coffee’s beautiful ascendance to the global arena has been inspiring to watch. Apart from being one of the country’s most impressive exports, the anticipation of this new work is grounded on more than just the usual craving for his essential solids.


Really – we also wanted to see how his globetrotting musical adventures and as well his bigger vision to conquer music lovers in foreign dance floors would shape Pieces Of Me, a promise he himself brandished a mere two weeks ahead of the highly anticipated release. We knew that once the man had immersed himself with cultures in places far away from home, things were bound to get interesting. They did.


When we were done listening to this album, which in itself is quite a struggle considering one is constantly stumbling upon plot twists that beckon one to give a track several repeats like a moment in a spiritual loop before they can be fully ready to proceed to the next song, we felt like writing about how it feels listening to this album rather than a full run down of what is in the album. And therein lies the single most apparent accomplishment with this record – it’s a journey with oneself.


Black Coffee is bold and fearless, and this album is a clear illustration of this fact. Pieces of Me is lion hearted. It must have taken an incredible amount of skill for the album to be so experimental and daring without sounding overproduced and overworked. Everything sounds like it is timed to perfection and, landed where it belongs.

While we listened to it from start to finish without so much as a break to breathe, we could not miss a sense that he has reached a point in his career where all the instruments in the world are up for grabs.

All the sounds, the vocals, the tempos, and many other terrifying things in the wilderness – are now all his. He has claimed supreme authority over his own gift and does not hold back in exploring the nuances of his very journey. The electric guitar against the backdrop of soulful vocals on I Have Faith is one such moment where Black Coffee reconciles and marries all his different sides, all the pieces of him. “Do you have faith in your dreams?” “I have faith, ngiyakholwa.”

The spiritual trances in the vocals towards at the end of that song make it worth another repeat, and then another. Without a shadow of doubt, global audiences will be hypnotised by these sounds. At long last, they might enter the dream state fully awake. But the spirit of the African will take flight. Black Coffee is inviting us into his journey and we will heed to this calling. For other newbies ready to explore his sounds, it’s almost as if he is saying to the world, ‘I am an African and you will dance to my rhythm.’

We Dance Again is an instant hit. The catchy hook, high-end beat that thumb in to curate a perfect club banger, this one is already making itself to a loop. Something about that chorus can be decribed as ‘funky.’ You want to tap your finger.

Expect Black Coffee trotting out his refined technique while recalibrating his sound to reflect his astounding journey, both literally and in the musical sense. This album plays out Coffee’s most celebrated signatures while not playing it safe. Make no mistake, lovers of this man’s sound are in for a treat here.

The marriages of the spiritual realm and the dance floor will return again on Go On. Again, the ethereal vocals by the talented Monique Bingham capture the soul with a full tender grip. “Catch your falling dreams”, she sings. “Catch your falling dreams”.

Apart from this journey that weaves all the songs seamslessly with a thread of triumph and joy, you will love how Pieces of Me deploys organic instrumentation to create an almost live and authentic listening experience. You cannot miss the intersection of electro with a spiritual twist on such jams as On Top On Love, Angelina and Extra Time On You. These songs have many moving parts you will appreciate.

With just 12 tracks, Pieces of Me is short and sweet. Coffee makes it quite evident through out this entire record that precision is vital at this point of his career, when the stakes have never been higher. We enter the new chapter with a poetic intro.


  1. Intro
  2. Come With Me
  3. Stuck In Your Love
  4. Love On Fire
  5. Angelina
  6. Extra Time On You
  7. I Have Faith
  8. We Dance Again
  9. Go On
  10. Inkodlo Kamashimane
  11. The Beat of Indlamu
  12. I’ll Find You


The whole album.


We give the album a 10/10 without hesitation. Truly, Black Coffee has done himself. Get your copy on iTunes by clicking HERE

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed



We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.


Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’




Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

The House of Dragon

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.



The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

Midnight Mass

“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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