Cape Town In Your Earbuds: Thor Rixon

In the lead-up to the 2015 Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, Okayafrica shares a 'Cape Town In Your Earbuds' mixtape from Thor Rixon.

Artwork by Philippus Johan

In the lead-up to this weekend's Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (Feb 6-8 at City Hall), we've launched a spin-off of our regular Africa In Your Earbuds series. All week we'll be profiling five Cape Town-based artists/producers bringing their sounds to CTEMF with our exclusive Cape Town In Your Earbuds mixtapes and Q&As.

First up is Thor Rixon, an emerging producer/solo artist who makes experimental songs with electronic sound production and live music. He's also one of the minds behind Cape Town-based creative agency/hub naas, who most recently put together the stunning Card On Spokes/Nonku Phiri/Okmalumkoolkat collaboration "On The Low." Speaking on the inspiration for his Cape Town In Your Earbuds tape, Rixon told us "The following mix is a collection of some of my recent work, some I wrote years ago and some I've written in the past few weeks. I recently played a New Years Eve show on small farm just outside of Cape Town with DJ Spoko, Prince Nifty and some other amazing local acts which pushed me to take my very live show into a more electronic and DJ influenced realm for the show, so I went into each one of my songs and chopped them up and extracted the different elements to construct what would become my new live show." Listen to Thor Rixon's Cape Town In Your Earbuds below, and catch him at CTEMF Saturday 7 February 16:00-17:00 on the Terrace.


1. Thor Rixon - Jubu

2. Amy Ayanda & Thor Rixon - La Llorna

3. Thor Rixon - Spook Asem

4. Thor Rixon - Sizzle

5. Thor Rixon - Skepsel ft. Umlilo

6. Thor Rixon - Jut Life (Instrumental)

7. Thor Rixon - Untitled 57 ft. Okmalumkoolkat

8. Thor Rixon - We May Like What We See

9. Thor Rixon - Flying Squirrel Suits

What's your favorite Cape Town sound?

​Currently my favourite sound from Cape Town is definitely Andy Islands and Fevertrails.

What's your favorite Cape Town venue?

​My favourite venue at the moment is definitely Food Inn on Long St.​

Which Cape Town-based producers/artists/DJs have most inspired you?

Card On Spokes is a huge inspiration as I feel he is one of the freshest producers & musicians we have coming out of CT.

What do you have planned for your CTEMF set?

​I'm currently planning & practicing a set that I hope will be something that people haven't experienced before with some spiritual visuals and sounds and some special featured musicians joining me on stage.

What do you have planned for 2015?

​I plan on releasing my next album around June and doing a lil overseas tour around July/August with some of the other artists at naas​.

Photo by NurPhoto via Getty Images.

A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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