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EPMD is Performing in South Africa This Month

EPMD will be performing at Back To The City, South Africa's biggest hip-hop festival.

Back To The City, South Africa's biggest hip-hop festival and one of the longest running, just added EPMD to this year's lineup. The New York golden era group will be joining the likes of Cassper Nyovest, Stogie T, Riky Rick, J-Live, Zoocci Coke Dope and more, who are also billed to perform on the day.


Back To The City, which has been running for the past 13 years, introduced US acts on the lineup a few years ago. Cappadonna, Elzhi, Skyzoo, Jeru The Damaja, Pharoahe Monch and a few others have rocked on the festival's main stage in past years.

EPMD should be a marvel to watch—especially if they perform their solo records alongside vintage EPMD cuts.

View the full lineup of Back To The City below, and cop tickets here. The festival will take place on the 27th of April at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Joburg.

Interview

Interview: Bizzle Osikoya Is the A&R Shaping the Voice of a New Generation

We caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of The Plug Management to talk about the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music and what it takes to break out as an artist.

The meteoric rise of Nigeria's burgeoning music industry over the last few years is definitely one for the books. From high profile collaborations that have graced international charts to appearances on American late night TV and a Grammy nomination, the Nigerian sound is sitting at the epicenter of a global conversation that the world—including Queen Bey herself —seem to scrabbling to get a piece of the action.

However, way before this global infiltration and westernized conflation of Africa's assortment of genres into one Afrobeats, Bizzle Osikoya was studying Music Business in England and plotting for a way to be a part of what he knew was inevitable. "I remember going to clubs in school and they would always play Jamaican music but rarely Nigerian songs. I knew we made good music here but I knew I couldn't sing. So I was motivated to come back, go behind the scenes, and see how we can make that crossover possible," he tells OkayAfrica.

More than a decade after making the intrepid decision to venture into A&R, helping artists find and develop their sound, Bizzle's creative genius has cascaded across different musical generations, from the piracy rife CD mix era with artists like Naeto C, Wande Coal and Dr. Sid to a streaming era populated with hits from Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage and Davido.

Following the success of his latest project, Oxlade's Oxygene, we caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of the Plug Management—a talent management company that has managed Davido, Peruzzi and DJ Obi—to talk about what it takes to break out as an artist, the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music, and how "alté" is not the same thing as alternative music.

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