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This Documentary Highlights Cape Town Indie Artists’ ‘Do It Yourself’ Attitude

"If you are looking for a break, it's not gonna happen for you really in Cape Town, unless you make it happen for yourself." – Dope Saint Jude

A new documentary by True Music Africa, a joint project between Boiler Room and Ballantine's scotch whisky, focuses on four Cape Town indie artists and their hustles.


Rappers Dope Saint Jude, YoungstaCPT and DJs Aux Womdanso and K-$ all share their experiences of being independent artists in the Mother City.

K-$ comments on the perceived renaissance of the city's music scene, saying: "The only reason that we were being slept on before was because we weren't putting in the same amount of effort, and we weren't realizing that we could make things happen for ourselves. We don't have to rely on anyone."

Read: The New Era Of Cape Town Hip-Hop

YoungstaCPT, who has managed to break out countrywide, which is rare for a Cape Town rapper, ensures you know that being indie isn't all fun and games even though he loves it. "It's going to be harder," he says. "It's going to come with its own set of challenges, disadvantages, pitfalls and failures."

"If you are looking for a break," says Dope Saint Jude, "it's not gonna happen for you really in Cape Town, unless you make it happen for yourself." Words that are reiterated by Aux Womdanso: "If you'll wait for government handouts, you'll wait forever, if you want something done, do it yourself."

The artists also touch on violence against queer black and brown bodies, divisions in Cape Town, the activism aspect of Cape Town hip-hop, among other topics.

Watch the documentary below, and revisit our interviews with YoungstaCPT and Dope Saint Jude here and here.

Photo courtesy of 1-54/SUTTON.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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