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An act like Dookoom doesn’t need a long intro. That’s not the point. This isn’t music to write loads of words about, it’s music to listen to and have your mind blown.
Isaac Mutant, a stalwart of the underground Cape Town hip hop scene, has rebranded himself as Dookoom The name comes from an old word in the Cape Town Muslim community, which came all the way from Indonesia with the slaves – Dukun. A Dukun is a shaman or medicine man, and in Cape Town this word became ‘Doekoem’. It refers to any kind of witchcraft or evil trickery.
When you listen to Dookoom you’ll see why Isaac Mutant chose the name.
Any piece on Dookoom of course has to mention Die Antwoord. Isaac Mutant guested on a few of Die Antwoord’s early tracks. If you want to play the authenticity game, you can decide who you’d rather side with. But whereas Ninja and Die Antwoord have moved more into Zef, white culture – Dookoom serves up the same on the coloured community, shining a light where most people may not rather look.
Soundwise – think Death Grips with fuller production and full Cape Flats slang. For me, this is the most exciting thing to come out of Cape Town since African Dope first blew up in the early 2000s. Pay attention now so you can be cooler than your friends later.
But enough with the words. Have a listen.
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If you’re into House music in South Africa, you know who Vinny Da Vinci is. And much like his namesake, he’s an artist of the SA House scene.
Jack Daniel’s has launched a new campaign, where they are co-opting the godfathers of the SA music scene to help bring young talent to the fore, and we can’t wait to see how this turns out.
Check out the first video and stay tuned for more in future – T-Bo Touch and Spikiri still to come!
Following in the footsteps of Beyonce and Solange, Basement Jaxx comes to our shores to see what cool culture and dance moves they can use to make a video. This video, featuring some shithot pantsula dancers, was shot in Alex and honestly – I think it’s great. Cinematography is awesome and the scenes and dancing are top notch.
It’s great to see pantsula dancing getting the recognition it deserves – and seeing our country and culture on a larger stage is always good. Is it exploitative, or is it celebrating our culture? If we’re comparing it to how Beyonce used pantsula, then it is most definitely not exploiting our culture.
Spoek is back!