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Samthing Soweto: Isphithiphithi Album Review – A Potential Album of The Year

Samthing Soweto is a beast.



Samthing Soweto is having a supreme moment of encounter with destiny. His oeuvre delivers a timeless classic that not only places him ahead of the melee, but has the potential to shift the industry forward with its manifesto for a return to brilliance as a benchmark.

Real name Samkelo Mdolomba, the hitmaker finally liberated his highly anticipated debut studio album, Isphithiphithi.

Already touted as a strong contender for album of the year by satiated fans and critics, the 13-track project marks a full circle for Samthing Soweto, who first flirted with the thrill of commercial success in 2011 as one of the founding members of acapella group – The Soil.

But having left the group on the cusp of their greatest era, that ride was short lived. He retreated from the spotlight, pursuing projects more aligned with his creative instincts. What followed was an EP called This n that without tempo, and a stint as frontman of Nu Jazz formation, The Fridge.

Those who’d heard of him wondered if he regretted his decision to leave. In a business of one chances, it looked tragic that he’d seemingly missed the spaceship.

Yet, almost a decade later, Samthing Soweto has become possibly the most exciting artist in the business. For this reason, Isphithiphithi distills the fullness of time.

He’s managed to power his discography with a slew of amapiano bops, ingratiating him to house music lovers. Though on this record, the singer steps fully into his creative DNA as a soulful artist with unmatched chops. The album is flavoured and strewn across influences and smooth blends of various genres; Nu Jazz, Afro-Soul, Afro-Pop and dance. He is a cross-pollinator.

Working with a bevy of the country’s high powered producers, such as Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa and Thabo Ngubane, a.k.a Mass, Samthing Soweto has engineered a richly layered masterpiece that launches his solo career from a crest.

The album premiered to much fanfare, having topped the iTunes album chart based on pre-orders alone. The lead single, ‘Akulaleki’, one of this summer’s biggest street anthems, was also #1 on iTunes across genres, making Samthing Soweto the first South African artist to achieve this feat.

Isphithiphithi opens with Sebenzela Nina. Tugging at the heartstrings of nostalgia, the song lavishes the culture with the distinctly African sounds that orchestrate a lush vibe on every song on the album. It’s how we know he didn’t ride the amapiano wave so much as elevate it.

Lyrically, the song captures the nuanced black South African experience, an ode to a parent telling his children how he expresses his love through his service to them. They have food everyday because he loves them. In this way, once more, the song introduces the authentic storytelling that is evident in Samthing Soweto’s writings.

He uses his platform to give meaning and melody to experiences, as well as the joys and blues that attend to them. But that’s not the only thing setting him apart from the melee.

The next song, Azishe, offers a winding listen. It’s about ganja. The singer reflects on the sense of escape offered by substances. “Ngizokwazi ukukhohlwa amanyala engiwabona everyday” (So that I will forget about the tragedies I see everyday). It’s a groovy song, but the words couldn’t be more poignant. The same can be said for Omama Bomthandazo, a prayer for women at a time where femicide haunts the country.

Nodoli goes down as one of the most beautiful songs you will hear this year. It’s an ode to the subject of his affection, whose dazzling beauty enchants Samthing Soweto.

Strategically, the singer places his more upbeat songs towards the end of the album. Lotto (featuring Mlindo The Vocalist, Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa), amaDM and Akulaleki have already capture the dance scene and the charts.

As a complete project, Isphithiphithi sounds like work that took time to be created. Samthing Soweto’s powerful voice hovers on each song. It’s a richly layered album, each song sufficing to exist beyond the world of the album. Yet as a cohesive set, the album decks out a brilliant offering.


  1. Sebenzela Nina
  2. Azishe
  3. Omama Bomthandazo (ft. Makhafula Vilakazi)
  4. Nodoli
  5. Uvalo
  6. Thanda Wena Pt 2 (ft. Shasha)
  7. Umuhle Uyasabeka
  8. Uthando Lwempintshi Yakho
  9. Isphithiphithi
  10. Happy Birthday
  11. Lotto (ft. Mlindo The Vocalist, Dj Maphorisa & Kabza De Small)
  12. AmaDM (ft. Dj Maphorisa & Kabza De Small & Mfr Souls)
  13.  Akulaleki (ft. Shasha, Dj Maphorisa & Kabza De Small)

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!




Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.


Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.




They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.


It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Reality Shows

Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.




Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.


The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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