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South Africa's Urban Street Culture Festival STR.CRD Returns To Johannesburg In November

STR.CRD, the number one urban street culture festival on the continent, returns to Constitution Hill in Johannesburg 7-9 November.


STR.CRD is set to return to Johannesburg's Constitution Hill in November for its fifth round of "Fashion, Music, Sneakers, Graffiti, Skate, Dance, Photography, [and] Culture" bliss in one spot. Since launching in Cape Town in 2010, STR.CRD has grown to earn the undoubtable title of the number one urban street culture event on the continent. Last year we were on hand for the second time in a row to document the festival on the ground alongside some of our favorite South African tastemakers and international industry heavyweights alike, including 2Bop, Art Comes First, Street Etiquette, Petite Noir, Papa Ghana, and JakobSnake. Watch Okayafrica TV's video recap below plus a teaser for the 2014 edition, which hits Constitution Hill 7-9 November. Follow STR.CRD on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram for more info.

>>>Watch South Africa’s Best Dressed At STR.CRD 2013 On Okayafrica TV

>>>See 20 Faces Of STR.CRD 2013 Ft. Photos By The Expressionist

In related news, registration is open for Engagement Now's Brand x Culture Conference to be held 5-7 November at Alex Theatre in Joburg just ahead of this year's STR.CRD. On the roster of keynote speakers are Erin Patton (Dallas/Fort Worth), Jeff Carvalho (NYC), Lisa Hogg (Netherlands), Stanley Lumax (NYC), Arno Smit (Stockholm), and Emma Stenstrom (Stockholm). Engagement Now explains:

The Brand x Culture Conference is the first conference by Engagement Now and is the first of many interactive workshops and conferences planned for 2014 and 2015. Taking place at Alex Theatre from 5-7 November 2014, this is the first conference of its kind – intended to create an inclusive forum for culture industry practitioners and brands to exchange knowledge of current and emerging practices and trends.

Find out more details on the conference hereEarlybird registration for the Brand x Culture Conference is open until 30 September.

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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