#HappyBirthdayJabba | How Hip Hop Pantsula got his name
On what would have been Jabulani Tsambo's 40th birthday, we remember how the beloved musician got his name.
Recalling a story the motswako giant once told music journalist, Helen Herimbi, she spoke to music industry veteran, Vusi Leeuw -- the man who gave him the name: Hip Hop Pantsula.
Happy birthday, Jabba.
Rest in power, #HipHopPantsula
Jah Seed's Story: an i(m)bali stem
As we gear up for a new season of i(m)bali, Helen Herimbi presents an i(m)bali Stem - a special audio-only episode highlighting important parts of the musical journey of key players in African music. In this stem, Jah Seed tells the music journalist his story.
They talk about his upbringing in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. They discuss leaving construction engineering studies for music, meeting Oskido, forming Bongo Maffin, his reaction when Thandiswa joined the group, the iconic Ragga Nights, dancehall queen culture and continuing to evolve more than 20 years after he started making music.
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Hi-lites: Petite Noir
In this (un)interview, music journalist, Helen Herimbi catches up with Petite Noir. They discuss his new EP, Coeur World, the idea of home not being a place, the future of good music and the pressure to become a pop act.
South African music journalist, Helen Herimbi sits down with UK-based South African singer-songwriter, DemiMa at The Nest Space, Johannesburg.
They talk about self care, connecting to the earth, embracing being different, conscious frequencies in sound, liberation and love songs, singing in Zulu, growing up in Durban and being the granddaughter of creative maverick, Pinky Mseleku.
They also discuss stepping on stage with Bheki Mseleku, the pressure of legacy, the freedom women seek in a patriarchal world, collaborating with Kid X, friends who have become family, her EP, ALT.FRQNC and more.
Thank you to The Nest Space for hosting us.
Sound design: Kitso Moremi for #SNAPSbyKITSO
The Writers S02E01 featuring dumama + kechou
In the first episode of The Writers Season 2, South African music journalist, Helen Herimbi talks to dumama + kechou about their debut album, buffering juju.
They discuss how a Berlin visit turned into “an extension of [their] creationship” and inspiration from Credo Mutwa.
They also delve into how language gives different meaning to lyrics, having multiple versions of songs, the fear of being irrelevant, instruments as additional band members, generational baggage and they pay homage to the women who came before us.
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Definitely enjoyed the show! I’d love some more content.
Fresh, informative, easy on the ears
Helen really has a way with people. She brings out the best in folks during her interviews and she's always got something fresh on. It's great!
Very insightful and inspiring stories.