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South African Rapper Gigi Lamayne is Bringing to Fans an All-Women Music Show

The music event will have all-women headline acts and is the first of its kind for South African hip-hop.

Gigi Lamayne is all about showing the male-dominated rap game that women can do it just as well if not better than their male counterparts. That said, she'll be throwing the #GigiGangShow which will have only female headline acts taking center stage. Let us tell you, we are so here for it.


The formidable Gigi Lamayne is planning to turn the game upside down. The baddest women in hip-hop who will be headlining the event include Rouge, Nadia Nakai, Fifi Cooper, Moozlie, Nokwazi and Mpumi whilst supporting acts will include Manu WoldStar, Khuli Chana, Reason, Kwesta and several others. Special appearances will be made by actresses Khanyi Mbau and Celeste Ntuli.

The rapper is also looking to put on up-and-coming artists for the show with a competition that she's running. Now how's that for opening up the industry?

In a video where Gigi Lamayne speaks about her inspiration, she says:

"They bark and we bite. We excel. We lack fear. We attack outside of the pride and we keep moving. It's almost as if a piece of you has to die before you can actually live...I am a soldier in girl's body. I am the iron lady, inkosazana. I never give in."

Watch the video below:

The event will take place on the 4th of May in Soweto and tickets can be purchased here.

Fans have since been expressing their excitement for #GigiGangShow on social media.





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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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7 South African Punk Bands You Should Check Out

Here are some South African punk bands—old and new—that you should be listening to.

For many years, the punk scene in South Africa has been thriving through a hands-on DIY attitude in which bands can foster their own homegrown audience without relying on mainstream culture. Music festivals like Soweto Rock Revolution have played a big part in it. Bands like National Wake showed the way and TCIYF are following that path and making punk more relevant than ever in the country.

Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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