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Azgo Festival 2016 In Photos: Sauti Sol, Zahara & More Rock Maputo

Johannesburg-based photographer Paul Paunde captures some of the best moments from the annual Mozambican music festival.

Azgo Festival went down over the weekend in Maputo with performances from Somali-Canadian singer-songwriter Cold Specks, Kiwi singer/producer Estère, Kenyan stars Sauti Sol, Zahara, Mozambicans Azagaia, Gran’Mah, Deltino Guerreiro and more.


Johannesburg-based photographer Paul Paunde was on the ground to capture some of the best moments from the annual Mozambican music festival. Take a look at his photos below.

Azgo is one of several events taking place as part of the Southern African Music Festival Circuit. Still to come this week are Bassline Johannesburg's annual Africa Day concert, Bushfire Festival in Swaziland and Zakifo Music Festival in Durban. Sakifo Festival is slated to hit Reunion Island 3-5 June. On Thursday, Akum Agency is presenting a Southern African Music Festival Circuit sideshow at The Good Luck Bar in Johannesburg with Cold Specks, Estère, Nonku Phiri, Bongeziwe Mabandla and The Brother Moves On.

Mozambican dub reggae band Gran'Mah (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Cape Verdean star Lura (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Mozambican singer Neyma (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Sauti Sol (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Sauti Sol (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Sauti Sol (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Delvin Mudigi of Sauti Sol (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Azgo Festival 2016 in Maputo (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Mozambican legend Xidiminguana (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Zahara (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Zahara (Photo: Paul Paunde)

Zahara (Photo: Paul Paunde)

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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