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Okayplayer & Okayafrica Present Ibeyi, DJ Spoko & Fever Trails At SXSW 2015

Ibeyi, DJ Spoko, Fever Trails THEESatisfaction and many more will perform at the Okayplayer & Okayafrica SXSW 2015 official showcase


Okayafrica is proud to be teaming up with our channel partners Okayplayer for an official SXSW showcase night on March 21. The show, which will close out the 3-part Okayplayer House series, will feature a performance from French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi, the duo of Naomi & Lisa-Kaindé Díaz whose hypnotic blend of Yoruba influences, downtempo hip-hop & electronic sounds just got its XL Records debut. The sounds of the night will be held down by South African bacardi house pioneer (and Fantasma member) DJ Spoko and Cape Town producer Fever Trails on the decks in between acts. Highlights also include sets from Seattle experimental hip-hop/R&B duo THEESatisfaction, BADBADNOTGOOD, Hiatus Kaiyote, and more!

The 3-night Okayplayer House showcase series— presented alongside Okayfuture, global beat collective Soulection, and Serato — will also feature performances by Salva, Brenmar, Goldlink, ESTA, and IAMNOBODI. You can check out the full artist line-up and enter to win some Serato gear over at Okayplayer. The Okayplayer & Okayafrica SXSW Official Showcase will take place March 21 at Bungalow. Watch Ibeyi's video for "Ghosts" and stream DJ Spoko's Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape below for a sonic preview.

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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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