Things have been a little quiet on the South African music front of late – and that’s because it’s being drowned out by the sound of vuvuzelas! The World Cup is in town and that means football fever is sky high, and the biggest bass rumblings are the ones emanating from stadiums…

So here are some quick links to some things South Africa – and soccer – well worth checking on the internet right now.

The Fader’s Pitch Perfect pages have some awesome World Cup coverage, cool videos and a series of six mixes that represent continents taking part in the party of football. The Africa Mixtape is put together by Generation Bass favourite Spoek Mathambo and features South African kwaito stars like DJ CNDO and DJ Mujava alongside Côte d’Ivoire’s BB Ramazani and Shanaka. Spoek’s “Mishini Wam” closes out a concise and funky overview of the continent’s eclectic beats.

The June issue of Dazed & Confused has an interview from the ‘zef’ side with Die Antwoord, and there’s a wicked accompanying online video too that “ends at the home of Afrikaans gangsta rap pioneer Isaac Mutant for pizza, beers and a freestyle session.” I’ve done you a favour and embedded it below. You should also check out a piece on some amazing leftfield music being brewed in Soweto called ‘Shangaan Electro’


Finally there’s a fun and football-favoured cumbia (and other!) mix from our Brazilian-born, NY-based friend Kassiano right here. There is a good chance we’ll have an all-South American final after all…



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