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Emtee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

This Is What South Africa's Biggest Hip-Hop Festival Looks Like

In Photos: The 12th annual installment of South Africa's Back To The City festival.

South Africa's biggest and most diverse hip-hop festival, Back To The City, came and satisfied hip-hop heads on the 27th of April at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.

On the bill were both superstars and niche artists, the likes of Cassper Nyovest, K.O., Nadia Nakai, Yugen Blakrok, Rouge, OkMalumKoolKat, Assessa, who all shared the same stage and dished out energetic performances.

As usual, all elements of hip-hop were in full display—DJing, rapping, graffiti, basketball, skateboarding.


During the festival, an announcement was made that Back To The City would come to an end in 2021, in its 15th year. The organizers are keeping mum about their reasons, but when they are revealed, you will be updated.

Below are some photos from the festival:

Main Stage Performances

Patty Monroe. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

K.O. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nadia Nakai. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Cassper Nyovest. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Huge The Oracle. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Driemanskap. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Big Star. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Gigi Lamayne. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Miss Pru DJ, Londie London, LaSauce and Gigi Lamayne. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Pharoahe Monch. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Fifi The RaiBlaster and Yugen Blakrok. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Optical Illusion and H2O. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Ricco. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


J. Molley. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Zoocci Coke Dope. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Kid X. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Rouge. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Pro. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


YoungstaCPT. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Emtee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.




Stogie T and AKA. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


OkMalumKoolKat. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Zakwe and Big Zulu. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Priddy Ugly. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Shane Eagle. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The People



Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Graffiti, Basketball and Skateboarding

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.


Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

All photography by Sabelo Mkhabela, who's lit on Instagram: @sabzamk.

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A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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