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Shangaan Electro Pioneer Nozinja Shares New Single 'Xihukwani'

Stream "Xihukwani," the second single off South African shangaan electro creator Nozinja's upcoming Warp Records debut LP.


South African shangaan electro pioneer Nozinja is readying the release of his 10-song Warp Records debut Lodge LP, coming in June 1. "Xihukwani," the second single to see the light of day from the prolific producer's upcoming full-length, is a joyous blend of 120 BPM percussion (slower than the typical 180 BPM shangaan electro tempo), frenzied synthesizer melodies and looping whistles. Nozinja had previously shared the top music video of last year for album cut "Tsekeleke" and his "Wachacha" 12" dual single with UK breakbeat producer Tessela. Catch the shangaan electro creator at this upcoming North American and European tour dates (listed below) and pre-order Lodge on Bleep and iTunes. Stream Nozinja's "Xihukwani" below.

Nozinja Tour Dates

01 May Villain Brooklyn, NY, US

16 July Bitterzoet Amsterdam, Netherlands

17 July Melt! Festival 2015 Gräfenhainichen, Germany

19 July Dour Festival 2015 Dour, Belgium

22 July Barbican Centre London, UK

23 July Barbican Centre London, UK

24 July Soup Kitchen Manchester, UK

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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