John Wizards: Muizenberg

This week focuses on artists we discovered while in South Africa during Design Indaba 2014

Most bands cross genre lines, but few are as protean as Cape Town-based John Wizards. In their dreamy single “Muizenberg“—named for a sleepy beachside suburb of the Mother City—the band exemplifies their ability to draw on American indie rock, R&B and various styles of music from their home continent. A lingering guitar riff settles over a driving beat rounded out with compressed, airy vocals. Think …

Margaret Singana: Why Did You Do It (Stretch Cover)

This week focuses on artists we discovered while in South Africa during Design Indaba 2014

South African vocalist Margaret Singana was discovered while working as a cleaning lady; she would sing as she worked. Singana soared to fame and not even a debilitating stroke in 1980 could stop her, going on to release memorable songs that would earn her the nickname “Lady Africa.” Fellow South African and renown photographer David Goldblatt took this picture of the singer in October 1970, …

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This week focuses on artists we discovered while in South Africa during Design Indaba 2014

Bongeziwe Mabandla: Bendisiti Seamlessly blending lyrics in Xhosa and English, Bongeziwe Mabandla’s heartfelt folk music explores his journey from a rural town in the Eastern Cape province to a prestigious film school in Johannesburg—all in the context of post-apartheid South Africa. “Bendisiti” puts Mabandla’s richly textured voice and penchant for infectious rhythms on full display—drawing on influences like Lauryn Hill and South African Xhosa vocalist …