FDBQ Exclusive Premiere: Moz Kidd – “U Know” | Audio

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Moz Kidd means business. If you didn’t know, now you know!

We first discovered the young rapper when he released the Blaze-assisted single, “Playing Games (Ladies.Is.Pimps.Too)”, early last month. From the looks of it, there are no games to be played here though – this young guy means business.

Moz Kidd debuts his next single, “U Know” today as a response to the critics – negative, positive, or otherwise – letting them know that age is but a number. At 16 years old, the flow you appreciated on his last single is taken the next level on this new cut. And how many artists can claim a quality music video that made its way onto to national television at his age?

It seems there’s no stopping this young guy and in case you weren’t so sure about that sentiment he makes sure you know on his new single.

Feedback Musiq got a first listen to the new Elvis Flybeatz-produced single, “U Know”, which is available for exclusive download here.

Stay with Feedbaq for all the latest on Moz Kidd.

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#FDBQ EXCLUSIVE: In Conversation with: Nakhane Touré – Part 5: Fog

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Conversations with the Man upstairs.

My interview with Nakhane Touré comes on a particularly special day. It just so happens to be the day his debut video “Fog” debuts.

After the interview, I watch the video with Touré. It was the first time he had seen the final cut straight through. He turns the tables on me and asks for my thoughts on the video. We begin to talk about the uncomfortable and grotesque staring game he plays with the video’s viewers. It’s kind of sexual, he admits. It’s really grotesque, he concurs. The excitement for a first video by a new artist is as impossible to deny as it is to describe.

I probe the subtext of the video, however, asking whether or not it is a conversation with and, more interestingly, a challenge to God. He takes me back to “Christopher” revealing how many songs on the album are conversations with God and “Fog” is no exception.

Feeling that it has been unjustly neglected, he wants to emphasise the exasperation of the closing climax of “Fog”: Come on / Come on / Come on / Come on. While he reveals that he has been blessed since the start of his career – he makes and performs music all day, everyday – he is not suddenly blinded to the fact that there are people in his life that he cares about who have been on the receiving end of a raw deal. “What would be the ultimate goal?” A question I conclude all my interviews with. While each answer before this has been uniquely interesting, none has been so simple yet so poignant.

In the final part of our Nakhane Touré exclusive, get the artist’s raw, first feelings about his video, find out why he needs to hang on and what the ultimate goal would be.

#FDBQ EXCLUSIVE: In Conversation with: Nakhane Touré – Part 4: Therapy

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“If I don’t believe it that night I’m not singing it.

Nakhane Touré (however unaware of this) is being led through an interview by an interviewer whose thoughts are as irregular and seemingly disjointed at times as his are. My advantage: my prepared notes. Nevertheless, we both overcome our compulsion with thoughts and return back to key issues that cannot be ignored. This notion, of course, is one of the golden threads of the album that I have come to discover throughout the interview.

At the risk of sounding cheesy, what it the value of being bravely confused if no one likes confusion anyway? We revisit what it means to tell the silent story. He cites Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye and her emphasis on the fact that if a book that you need to read is currently non-existent, the duty is yours to write it.

I speak to a friend after the interview who shares a love of Brave Confusion as fervent as my own. She opens my eyes to the fact that what makes the album beautiful is that it challenges us as a nation to ask ourselves what we’ve been doing for the past 20 years. What have we said? What new things have we begun talking about that concern ourselves and not the generation that afforded us a restless freedom? Brave Confusion is perhaps then the sigh of relief that we’ve been longing for because for the first time it makes way for a new conversation to begin.

Inasmuch as the process of putting pen to paper, picking up his guitar and pressing record has been a therapeutic experience for Touré, the bravely confused, voiceless generation have finally discovered they are not alone.

The final installment of Nakhane Touré exclusive debuts tomorrow, 8 November, at noon.

#FDBQ EXCLUSIVE: In Conversation with: Nakhane Touré – Part 3: Ego

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“I heard it from a friend about the things you said. But they know me better than that.”

There is a very fine line between confidence and ego and it’s one that Nakhane Touré seems to toe regularly. He attributes the source of the latter to an ego inherent to his family, who happen to be of noble decent. In between it all, he was never short on love which was responsible for fueling his confidence to express himself and his ideas; his feelings and experiences. Controversial, daring, taboo, bold, risqué…brave? This is the sound of Brave Confusion, not so? Not so. It’s the difference between pretty and the truth, club bangers and the reality of life outside of the club.

But how does a now confident young man grow up from a boy who felt completely alone? A boy who never thought anyone would understand. Ever. A boy who discovered he likes boys even though he was from a Christian home and considered himself a Christian too. To be the voice of the now (thanks to himself) formerly voiceless – this is in fact the sound of Brave Confusion.

In Part 3 of our exclusive, Touré lets us in on what it feels like to offer yourself, your ego and your confidence up for ridicule, scrutiny and criticism in the name of art.

Part 4, the penultimate installment, debuts tomorrow, 7 November, at noon.

#FDBQ EXCLUSIVE: In Conversation with: Nakhane Touré – Part 2: Duty

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“Oh, tell me sweetly: how many of these will I have to take to die? You speak so kindly. Cheers to new beginnings!”

A more relaxed energy occupies the room as do the hotel staff. The peak in the business of the hospitality staff is directly proportional to the energy of Part 2 of the interview: Duty.

Call it ‘destiny’ or ‘a calling’ or ‘purpose’ or what have you – we all have the need to fulfill some role in the cosmos. It neither wasn’t nor isn’t to be a “Pour It Up”-esque single for Nakhane Touré; not because he can’t but because he doesn’t want to. What does it mean to be a gay, Xhosa musician from PE in modern-day South Africa? Has this role even been defined? Does it not carry with it the stigma of taboo?

Don’t take it out of context. Don’t take out what Brave Confusion means, you know…’cause there’s a lot of pain in the album

he says only to take us back to where the interview began. Might The Star have been accurate in its analysis of the album being consistent with death references? And who says death has anything to do with dying anyway?

Touré unpacks his duties as an artist who has his sights set on tarnishing stereotypes.

Part 3 debuts tomorrow, 6 November, at noon.

#FDBQ EXCLUSIVE: In Conversation with: Nakhane Touré – Part 1: Identity

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We step into the fog and discover the man behind the music.

It’s one of the warmest days we’ve had in the Cape and the City Lodge lobby at the V&A Waterfront feels awfully welcoming. Nakhane Touré’s style is easy – striped vest, grey jeans and tribal print ivy cap – and he and his two-man entourage (one man and one woman, in the interest of being politically correct) spot me first. As soon as introductions are out of the way a conversation is already in effect setting the actual start of the interview way before we reach the downstairs bar and much longer before I press record.

Touré has an eager demeanour about him and a genuine interest in people, as is consistent with his true life revelations in his debut album Brave Confusion. It wasn’t long before that eager energy was replaced with a sombre tone of pain. In fact, it was the very first question on his identity that induced the energy shift in the room and set the precedent in motion for the rest of Part 1 and perhaps the entire interview: this was a young man with a lot of life, pain and love and all he wants to do is share it with whoever will listen.

From his personal identity change to his professional identity change, what it takes to record and cut an album and how these decisions have reflected where he was at the time – Part 1 introduces you to the incomparable new artist that is Nakhane Touré.

Part 2 debuts tomorrow, 5 November, at noon.

#FDBQ Exclusive: In Conversation With Gangs of Ballet

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Feedback Musiq’s Rifumo finds that an orchestra collabo and an X-Box are among the things that make a rock star.

It’s a fine and early Friday morning in Cape Town which means business executives are getting their daily dosage of caffeine while analysing figures and discussing golf handicaps. Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room provides the prime location for these and other interactions, including a band interview no less.

Following the unprecedented success of their debut full-length album, yes/no/grey., a nationwide tour was in order for Gangs of Ballet. The tour kicked off in their native Durban and made its way all the way up to Joburg and Pretoria, only to trek back down to Potchefstroom and Cape Town. Another performance is set for the small town of Darling, just outside of Cape Town, as part of the Rocking the Daisies Festival but it is between these two final stops that we caught the band for a sit down.

I arrive moments before my Durbanite interviewees and secure a table large enough to accommodate the quartet, their publicist and manager. It’s been a month of back-to-back interviews, performance and traveling and, naturally, an early morning caffeine injection is in order if they’re to do it all over again ahead of their performance that Friday night at The Assembly. Once the greetings, formalities and attempts to pronounce my name were out of the way, the coffee started rolling in and my questions began rolling out.

Part 1: The Making Of…
In this first of the three-part interview, I get acquainted with the band and try to unpack their DNA. They reveal details on the not-so-fireworksy story behind their band name, the progress they have made so far in defining their sound and the creative process of putting the album together. Did we mention that they got work with legendary producer and Grammy award recipient, Darryl Torr?

Part 2: Working Relationships, Videos & Style
Brad emphsises the importance of the company you keep following H’s appraisal of Torr and his work on the album. What may not be apparent to a number of their fans is that these guys are no strangers to the music industry. From the inception of Gangs of Ballet, each of them brought in a wealth of experience on the nature of the beast that is the music industry. This reads in the way that they’re aware of who surrounds them, the emphasis they put on creating intuitive and captivating videos, and their partnering with Sergeant Pepper for the promotion of their style.

Part 3: Tour Revelations, Dream Collaborations & Ultimate Goals
It seems that Hollywood depictions of the world we live in have been disproved yet again. My probe into the stereotypical rock star lifestyle yielded unflattering results. Nevertheless, what the band could and did reveal was the energy of their Pretoria audience, their phenomenal achievements thus far and H’s disheartening serving of mac ‘n cheese.

This being the conclusion of the interview, I wanted to find out the band’s dream collaborations and what their ultimate goals would be. The former was pretty straight forward: a philharmonic orchestra. The latter saw a myriad of responses ranging from headlining stadiums to tour busses kitted X-Box game consoles. Perhaps the rock star stereotype isn’t too far fetched after all.

Today, Saturday 7 September, saw the conclusion of the band’s Cape Town series of shows. Capetonians aren’t completely out of luck just yet though. Gangs of Ballet bring their tour to Rocking the Daisies in Darling in just under a month. Find details on that show and on how to purchase tickets here.

Some Durban flair never hurt anybody and the band’s success to date is testament to this fact. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Gangs of Ballet and we’ll be sure to catch them as soon as they’re back in town. We hope that by then Jono will have afforded his X-Box and that they’ll give us a tour of their tour bus.

Until then (and to ensure that the above actualises), be sure to support good local music by purchasing your copy of yes/no/grey. on iTunes and check back soon for all the latest on Gangs of Ballet.

#FDBQ Exclusive: Sisterfella Debut ‘Jazz / Jurassic’ | Album Launch Party

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Sisterfella shut Zula Bar down for debut EP launch.

There was no better place to be on Saturday, the 31st of August, than Zula Sound Bar on Cape Town’s infamous Long Street. This was the sight that would see the premiere launch of a new sound from a new artist. We introduced you to Sisterfella when we brought you their debut single, “Jurassic” a while ago but this time we bring you the complete package.

While in attendance at the album launch, we were treated to an exclusive first listen of the duo’s debut EP. This isn’t just another collection of sounds that make up the monotonous background to your night out of pelvic grinds, vodka and party perspiration. I think back to earlier this year when the entire industry was saying how music needed Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Music needs Sisterfella and Jazz / Jurassic is only the beginning. Each sound on Jazz / Jurassic – be it a snare, hi hat, bass drum, synth or (my personal favourite) bass guitar – is its own character in the Jurassic story that Sisterfella are here to tell with their debut effort. But don’t take my word for it.

Sisterfella is two fellas: Elu Eboka and Francois Botha. And yes, no sister. Following the conclusion of our listening session an interview was in order, and I would probe this gender inequality as my entry point into finding out more about the guys behind the audacious and psychedelic sound of Jazz / Jurassic.

In our exclusive two-part interview, the two young guys reveal details on their union. No, Sisterfella, is not the result of an axing of a third female member but you’ll be accurate for tracing it back to a time when stage names mattered. Think Earth, Wind and Fire or Ashford and Simpson, as Elu alludes. The inception of “Sisterfella” was as organic as the duo creates. Francois studies classical music while Elu has extensive experience playing for bands. The nexus of their musical prowess is Sisterfella and they reveal details on their life experiences with music and how that has influenced the group sound.

A particularly interesting revelation is the fact that the tracks that made the EP were sifted from a myriad of other material that they are currently working on. As much as I tried to coax information about a new project out of them, the guys remained fairly tight lipped about any immediate plans save for currently working on what “could potentially be [their] next single”.

As lovers of art and good music, Sisterfella want to ensure that when it comes to releasing a full body of work, it will be something that is as organic as the process has been so far. As anxious as we may be for new material, we have to agree. Details on these and more in our two-part interview exclusive below.

Before we could call it a night we had get on the floor and dance – we were in the presence of DJs after all. We caught footage of some of the amazing supporting acts plus a cool cut of the headlining act of the night, Sisterfella.

During the listening session, I spoke to Elu about some of his favourite artists and albums. The iconic Off the Wall came up during our talk and I was pleasantly surprised to see it come up in their set as well, among all the other hit songs that kept the fans dancing the night away. Needless to say, the duo turned Zula Bar into a jump. Catch up on what you missed out on below.

Stay with Feedbaq for all things Sisterfella and be sure to download your copy of Jazz / Jurassic here.

#FDBQ EXCLUSIVE: In Conversation With Sam Turpin

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We introduced you to one of our favourite new Hip Hop artists, Sam Turpin, a while back and shared his music with you. We met up with this new talent in Rosebank and interviewed him on his favourite artists, his sound, what influences it, and the effect his race has on his perceived credibility in the Hip Hop world.

Find out his answers to that and more below:

Where are you from?
I’m from Johanesburg and I’ve always lived here but I’m English and my dad is from the UK. People always ask me about my accent but I was born and raised in Jo’burg. I spent a month in France in December though because I have a lot of family there. I discovered a lot of artists there who have influenced my sound.

When did you start getting into music?
I’ve always loved music. I remember the first album I ever bought was an Outkast album and I would listen to it and repeat the rhymes. I started making music when I was 13 years old. I’d make beats on my laptop at home but I didn’t get serious about my music ’til last year.

What influences your sound?
It’s usually emotional experiences in my life that influence me. If I’m feeling something I’ll write it down or put it into a beat.

When I listened to “Jo’burg City”, I noticed the intro had an old school sound to it. Was that a sample or was it original?
It was a sample from a film called Jim Comes to Jo’burg that was on the festival circuit a while ago. I think it’s better to sample from films because not a lot of artists do that. I want to differentiate myself from what’s out right now.

What kinds of artists do you listen to locally and internationally?
I didn’t really listen to a lot of local hip hop ’til recently. I thought it all had too much of a similar ‘party’ sound, but now there’s a whole new underground Hip Hop scene that’s emerging. People like Dirty Paraffin and OKMaloomKoolKat – those are the artists I’m listening to.

Internationally, I still listen more to underground rappers than the mainstream scene. I’m into Schoolboy Q and Joey Badass – people that are around my age. It helps to see what they’re doing with their music.

Who are you favourite artists?
Locally, my favourite artist of all time has to be Miriam Makeba. I love that old school sound from the 60s. Internationally, it will always be Outkast. I have every group and solo record they’ve ever put out.

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How does living in Jo’burg influence you as an artist?
I’m lucky that was born at the time I was born. There are no limitations. You can be whoever you want and do whatever you want with no judgement so I think that influences me as an artist.

What’s your dream collaboration?
That’s a tough one but I think Core Wreckah – a rapper from Lesotho – is one person that I would love to work with. He blends a lot of genres into his music and that’s what I do as well. If I could get him I’d be really happy.

Do you think your race plays any part in how people perceive your credibility as a rapper?
If people judge me before they hear what I can do then they’ll change their minds after they hear me. I don’t think it should play a role at all though. I’m a producer and a rapper and in the US and UK market there are a lot more white producers than rappers. I’ve never had my race hold me back before and I hope it never does.

Are you signed to a label?
No, I’m not. Right now I’m independent and I’m doing everything by myself.

Is it harder trying to create a movement when you’re an independent artist?
Actually, I think it’s easier because there’s no pressure from anyone. I can do whatever I want – no one can really tell me what to do. There are no time restrictions either. I can wake up at 3 in the morning and make a beat and own it. There’s a lot of freedom that comes with being independent.

What are your plans for the future?
I can’t really reveal anything right now but I do have some big things in the pipeline in terms of collaborations so everyone just has to stay posted. I’m planning on releasing a 5/6 song EP so you can look forward to that. I don’t want to release too much music at one time though and at the same time I don’t not want to release anything at all and not capitalise on the buzz that’s happening. Especially in a time where the music consumer has a shorter attention span.

With artists like Sam Turpin emerging in the local Hip Hop scene, we can see that the future of South African Hip Hop is in capable hands.

Stay with Feedback Musiq to hear more from Sam Turpin in the future.

LIVE STREAM: Dido Live in Paris Tonight at 8pm | RTL2

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Dido performs live in Paris.

As part of the promotion for her new album Girl Who Got Away, Dido has just announced that she will be performing a live set in Paris for local TV station, RTL2. The half hour set will see Dido relive the magic of some of her hit singles and, of course, perform your favourite Girl Who Got Away songs.

The stream goes live at 8pm South African time. For times in your country and city click here and be sure to tune in live on RTL2’s official website.