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Watch Dr Esther Mahlangu Break Down Her Journey to Scoop Makhathini in This Exciting Interview

Watch Scoop Makhathini interviewing Dr Esther Mahlangu on Catching Waves.

Renowned South African fine artist, Dr Esther Mahlangu recently sat down with revered TV presenter and cultural figure Scoop Makhathini for an exciting interview. The interview is part of Scoop and the website Slikour On Life's web series Catching Waves.


The artist tells the story of how she got into art at the age of 10, and how she got her big break through French tourists, among other stories. She also mentions that she's not picky about who she works with— "All of them are important," she says. The artist reveals that sometimes she paints using mud and cow dung.

Dr Esther Mahlangu is one of the most respected artists in South Africa. She is known for her colorful geometric Ndebele art that has appeared on items by brands such as BMW, Belvedere, Albany, and a whole lot.

Last year, she awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Johannesburg for "her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur and educator, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds."

Watch the conversation between Scoop and Dr Mahlangu below:

Scoop Makhathini Talks To Dr Esther Mahlangu About Life, Art & Legacy www.youtube.com

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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