TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Presents Session X – Tsukudu

TRNSD Sound x Hype Magazine have finally reached the big 10! For “Session  X” we are happy to feature Joburg based producer, Tsukudu Moreng for this special milestone.

This month Tsukudu will be releasing a EP on the 25th of May, in the meantime you can bounce to this exclusive mix that he made for TRNSD Sound x Hype Magazine ‘Session X’ and check the interview below.

How long have you been in the game, and how has your sound changed over the years?

I wouldn’t consider myself fully in the game just yet, but I have been making music for about 8 or so years now. My sound from when I first started has changed quite drastically, and I suppose it is because I keep growing and developing as an artist. Even till this day I still feel as though my sound changes in a way.

When I started, I was trying to make Hip-Hop beats but because I listened to a lot of alternative and electronic stuff as well, my sound inevitably developed into a blend of everything I was listening to or inspired by. In my 3rd year or so, I went into doing acapella music and which lead to me putting out an EP called Armonias which was the first piece of work I was confident enough to put out. From then on I worked on various projects and each of them had their own unique sound and style that sort of represented where I was as an artist at the time the project was being made. Now I believe my sound is more refined but I still can’t really put a name to it, I just know that it sounds good to me haha.

Can you give us the lowdown on your upcoming project MELODIESONIC 

MELODIESONIC is a musical EP which is essentially my latest effort as an artist. I’d like to consider it my formal “introduction to the music game,” considering the time and effort put into it. The cover art is very specific in that it was crafted to deliver a message about where I am right now as an artist and as a person who wants to follow his passion and love for music (I will leave the precise interpretation of the artwork to your imagination haha).


The EP is inspired a lot by the music that I listen to, coupled with what I believe to be a musical expression of where I am as an artist today. As a person trying to get into the music scene while also working a 9-5 and completing a Masters degree, the EP is a musical expression of the trials and tribulations that I have gone through during this time. It’s basically a story of someone that is extremely and deeply passionate about his art (music) but life circumstances keep that person away from living their dream, which is a reality for most in South Africa.

It also represents acceptance of the fact that I have a lot to learn as a musician, something that I was in denial about from the beginning. Finally, the title is an ode to electronic music, which deals a lot with the meddling of sonics and sonic sounds but doing so in a melodic way, in a way that touches the soul.

MELODIESONIC will be available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music on the 25th of May 2018.

Talk to us about the current state of electronic music in South Africa

Haha great question. I think generally speaking it’s in a good place, but it could do better. In SA the focus is still very much on EDM, which is good, but the scene around the world is moving fast towards Electronic Soul and Electro Jazz and so on. It would be nice to see us South Africans get on the ball with these new waves of electronic music. There are SO MANY gems and amazing artists that are being slept on and that is just because as South Africans we are still used to traditional EDM and other traditional genres of music.

Who do you consider your contemporaries, who have you collaborated with, and who are the artists you would most like to work with?

Wow there are so many, Internationally I would say Evil Needle, Kaytranada, Monte Booker, Tom Misch, Galimatias, Jordan Rakei and The Like. They inspire me so much. In SA, I have collaborated with the producer Sage Hitomi (he’s unbelievable you have to check him out). I have also collabs with tons of upcoming artists, Vuyo Renene, Melo B Jones, Nu Edison, 2leestark, SimmySimmyNya. I’m still working on other music with those artists as well which I am really excited about, those guys really push me to become a better producer and all round artist. I would most like to work with artists like KaeB (amazing producer, check him out), DjSkinniez, Daev Martian, Muzi and Espacio Dios. We don’t really need to put stuff out, I’d just love to sit in studio with them and talk about music and their respective journeys. That’s like the best form of inspiration I feel.

Favourite piece of tech…

Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synth, i just cry at the power in that synthesizer.

Favourite hangout spot…

Wherever my friends are lol?

Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise…

Definitely some Bonobo or Taylor McFerrin or Robert Glasper, I think I’m just mellow like that.

Where you can find Tsukudu 





TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Presents Session 009 – EMAMKAY

Can we just take a second to thank God for this exceptionally talented Producer & DJ who’s been on our radar for a minute, for our 9th instalment of TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Sessions we feature producer and DJ EMAMKAY.

Guys, this man will touch your heart deeply with his RnB, soulful sounds. If you don’t believe me, take a listen to his EP titled The Band – PatternsEMAMKAY has mastered his sound and perfected the art of featuring the right artists who add the final touch to his masterpieces. His album Alpha which was released last year under the UK based indie label Shimmy Records has gotten over 15 000 streams on Soundcloud and is available on Bandcamp

This is the kind of music that truly feeds your soul, the kind of music that will allow you to escape life for a minute. Nothing is better than coming across a talented artist who is versatile in different genres of music such as Hip/Hop, Ambient, Jazz & Electro, and still manages to be authentic. We need to support our South African gems at all costs as this local is definitely lekker! Believe the hype and check him out


How did your musical journey begin?

Well, my mother brought me 50 Cent’s “Get Rich Or Die Trying” album on a TDK cassette from work. I was into kwaito during that time, but that tape got me into writing raps. Then my father booked me some studio time and I recorded my first song at around 9 years old. It’s all history from then on.

That’s real dope! So why the name EMAMKAY?

It was Master Mind King, and then shortened to MMK and now the word EMAMKAY. Truth to be told I misspelt my stage name and so people mispronounce it, it’s supposed to be EMEMKAY. A little too late to change it now, don’t you think?

As it is known, “Sometimes It’s Our Greatest Mistakes That Make for the Greatest Ideas.” Name one local festival that you would like to perform at and why?

Probably the Cape Town Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Fest. I’d like to think getting booked to play there says a lot about your level of musicianship. I’d also love to play at the Orbit in Braamfontein one day, it’s not a fest, but hey, it’s cool to me.

Briefly take us through your creative process

I reflect on the wonders of my life, smoke a joint and practice something on the keyboard. I’d normally find a cool loop somewhere in between experimenting with chord changes, and  if it feels right, I make it a song.

What’s your favourite track on your album Alpha?

I love all of them. You know what’s funny? Even I can’t replicate that album. It’s one of my favourites.

What is that one thing that you would change in the South African music scene/industry?

To be honest, I’m not interested in it. I’m not even sure I like it. I guess it’s by default that I’m in the music industry when I put a price tag on my music but I have a day job, and that’s “industry” enough for me.

How can the peeps reach you?

Anything you’d like to add/share here?

Yebo! I’m finishing this one EP called You Make You Smile. I made it to remind people that happiness is found from within. I’m Also working on a video for a song called “Coco”, a tribute to our beautiful melanin coated skin. All of this will be coming soon.

Written By: Antelmina’Sola’Piedade


TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Presents Session 007 – Nouveaux

For our 7th installment of HYPE Magazine x TRNSD Sound Sessions we feature Joburg based DJ duo Nouveaux. Thubelihle Nkutha and Neo Motiso joined forces to bring a unique sound to the industry. Their music selection and style of mixing has definitely gotten the attention of many which you can tell by the number of listens on their Souncloud page. We asked them to do an exclusive guest mix for us as well as give us a brief lowdown on who Nouveaux is.

Listen to the guestmix here:


What reason(s) got you guys to decide that you want to both DJ, as a duo?

Well Neo was the one who knew how to DJ because he studied at the Academy of Sound Engineering. I needed someone to make mixes for an event called Woke Arts, he was the only one who could and I used to select the song. Then it moved to us both selecting songs together, from there people wanted us to play live and that is how we became a duo, it was never planned and that is probably the beauty of this whole experience. (Thube)

Well basically the formation of Nouveaux was the result of Thube asking me to mix a list of songs he curated for an event called Woke Arts. People responded well to the mix and demand built for another one and then another one. We eventually saw that we could take this unique style of music we play and run with it. Now we both do the curating and mixing. (Neo)

Describe Nouveaux in one sentence?

New sounds, vibes that never stop and music that the people always want to hear. (Thube)

Nouveaux is French for new and that the type of sound we are trying to bring to people (Neo)


From listening to your sets, you seem to be inspired a lot by electronic, bounce, disco etc… “Soundcloud music” as most would call it. Do you think there’s a viable market for this sound in South Africa?

Yes, because music in South Africa is something that is not confined to one genre. There are different types of people who like different types of music, which includes the Soundcloud diggers and lovers. Which is where we found most of our success to stem from, so there is a market that needs to be tapped into. (Thube)

I would definitely agree. With the rise of streaming sites, more and more people are tailoring their own playlists instead of relying solely on the “mainstream”. People want to hear something different, you can see it with the success the Soulection shows have had here as well as the continued demand for acts like Kaytranada to come to South Africa. (Neo)

Do you guys plan on producing any of your own music in the near future?

Yes, we joke around about it but it is very much a plan. Issues we have is the distance we have and when we are together, the time together is too short to make a new mix and fresh sounds. It will happen, there is no rush. (Thube)

Original content is definitely in the pipeline for the future. I think more than anything, it’s just about taking our time and perfecting our craft so that when we do drop, it can be something meaningful instead of just dropping music because its “the next stage” of our career. (Neo)


A little get to knows:

– Music to get high to… Childish Gambino and Soulection Radio. Probably with Soulection it comes with the diverse artists they have, in those probably Sango and Abjo are the artists who are great to get high too. If I am being corny, Kid Cudi never fails. (Thube)

Definitely some Tame Impala, Toro y Moi, stuff along those lines. Nothing’s better when you’re high trust me (Neo)

– Favourite piece of tech… IPhone, because Steve Jobs motherfucker. (Thube)

More than anything, the Soundcloud application, the gems there are infinite and it’s an important part of our digging regiment. But if you’re talking hardware, then definitely the Pioneer DDJ-SR controller. It’s not the most advanced controller but it has everything you need and just the feel of it and how it works is a dream. Definitely one to save up for. (Neo)

– Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise… Nothing, because we should be sleeping at that time. Neo can answer because he never sleeps (Thube)

I can’t tell you much about a 6am after party, I usually don’t rage that hard, but if you’re in the Uber on your way home after a cinematic night, you’ve got to let off some Fela Kuti or Miriam Makeba. Anything jazzy really but those two are some faves. (Neo)

– Favourite hangout spot… Home, home is a place of peace and serenity. (Thube)

Great Dane is legendary, a lot of good memories made there. (Neo)

– A Musician/DJ you’d want to collaborate with… Das Kapital from South Africa and Sango from America. (Thube)

I’d love to work with a Joe Kay or a Gilles Peterson. Those are big inspirations in terms of what we do. (Neo)

Where you can find Nouveaux
– Twitter: NouveauxSA
– Soundcloud: NouveAux / UNDRSCR
– Bookings:


TRNSD Sound x Hype Magazine Presents Session 006 – FKA Mash

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For our 6th installment of TRNSD Sound and Hype Magazine Sessions, we feature up and coming DJ and Producer Mash Lekgothoane who goes by FKA MASH. We asked him to do a exclusive guestmix for us as well as give us a brief lowdown on what inspired his latest offering, “PRJKT 2”

Listen to FKA Mash exclusive guestmix here:

“PRJKT 2 is the second installment from the PRJKT SERIES by Fka MASH, which is a platform I set up for myself to showcase my sound using various styles of electronic dance music. It was released on Stay True Sounds. PRJKT-1 can be found on my Soundcloud page. PRJKT 3 & 4 are coming soon.”


“The inspiration behind PRJKT 2 was mainly my love for good melody coupled with a memorable groove. ‘Another Glitch Dub’ was the first song, the rest of the songs were modeled around the sonic structure of Another Glitch Dub. The titles of the songs are self explanatory in terms my head space I was making them. My songs are generally heavily influenced by my mood. My music is my outlet.”

Where to find FKA MASH:


TRNSD SOUND x HYPE MAGAZINE Presents Session 005 – Daev Martian


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For our 5th instalment of TRNSD Sound x HYPE Magazine Sessions, we feature Dave Moyo AKA Daev Martian who’s a DJ, producer and sound engineer based in the Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa. He’s also signed to Kid Fonque and Julian Gomes’ Stay True Sounds label.


Daev is expected to release his debut album “Frequency Manipulation” later in October this year and here’s the exclusive lowdown on it’s progress:

“The album “Frequency Manipulation” is being finalized & mastered in Bristol (UK), releasing it with Space Hardware. The aim here is not to have expectations, receiving it as is & then deciding where your life goes after that. Do not expect it to be like the previous releases. It will be a lot more vocal than anything I’ve ever put out (with a lot of raps). Expected release is October but stay tuned for more info on gigs & a pre-album releases”

He’ll also be hosting a Frequency Manipulation event at Kitcheners in Braamfontein on the 10th of August 2017 where you’ll get a piece of the upcoming album as he will be performing a special single off the album alongside a special guest on the forthcoming album.


A little get to know about Daev:

– Music to get high to…

The Step Kids … [Very Important], Toro Y Moi, Daev Martian and Migos

– Favourite piece of tech… A Mac Computer. (& Piano if it counts as tech)

– Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise… Mini Culcha by Mo Kolours (Beautiful Swimmers Remix) {on Repeat}, Beauty of Sunrise by Bheki Mseleku and Low Key by Frank Casino

– Favourite hangout spot… Home, Braamfontein, Maboneng and Melville (You know how it is)

– Favourite album of all time… Tropeau Bleu by Stereolab (My answer will probably change by the time you read this)







TRNSD Sound x HYPE Present Session 004 – BASMNT


For the month of June, TRNSD SOUND x HYPE MAGAZINE Sessions will be doing a 2 hour special. Kicking off the first hour will be resident DJ, BASMNT.

Listen Below:


Khanyisile Dube, aka BASMNT (pronounced Bassment) is also the owner and creative director of the Joburg based streetwear brand TRNSD, created the sound division to provide a platform for South African DJs and Producers who he feels are on the same wavelength as his brand, “As in, if the type of music they play or produce had to be visually represented, you would see our shit.”

“I started DJing at the beginning of 2016, I felt like sharing the music I listen to and the vibes I go through when I design clothes or just fucking around on Photoshop, getting a glimpse of being in a space of what inspires me sonically as I conjure up concepts and ideas for my brand.”


Twitter : @khanyiidube

Instagram : @khanyiidube

Mixcloud :

Bookings/Inquires :


TRNSD SOUND x HYPE Present Session 003 – Bo’s Hub


For our 3rd installment we feature the Cape Town based eclectic Producer/DJ Bonolo Thomas AKA Bo’s Hub. Listen to her exclusive mix below.



I recently heard the Under Pressure Sundays season finale which was released this past week. Please give us the lowdown on how the dope idea came about and are you going to continue with it or is this really the end?

So Under Pressure Sundays came about very spontaneously. My very good friend DrugFreeSports and myself started the page, with the help of Justice Machaba, Lazy Ent and Dada Shiva, as a means of channeling our experimental musical ideas. The Under Pressure Sundays page was just a simple outlet and the weekly Sundays element added to the “under pressure” type vibe we had imagined. The consistency of our weekly drops gave the experiment momentum and it literally just grew from there. Today I’d say Under Pressure Sundays is a safe space open to musicians and producers who would like to share their perspective of music.

It is definitely not the end, it’s quite the opposite actually. Under Pressure Sunday’s is structured seasonally, so this finale tape is just the end of this season. There should be more stuff coming your way in a few months or so. It’s also quite difficult to cope with the weekly time constraint so breaks are necessary.

Of course, okay that’s good news! I wanted to know in your experiences, what are some of the challenges that still have to be overcome in such a male dominated industry? Although we now have platforms like Pussy Party and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun that promote and cater for femme DJs.

I absolutely love these platforms that are surfacing in and around our spaces that cater to female talent like myself. What’s so amazing (but not surprising) is that fact that the general vibe at Pussy Party (for example) is the actual vibe. Like, nothing beats those organic energies, which says a lot about the trajectory of where the industry is headed. There are so many dope huns killing it out here, stressing about the male dominance aspect of this stuff (I feel) will hinder my vision and growth as an artist.

In your opinion, what’s the difference between the Cape Town and Joburg music scene?

In terms of the eclectic nature of the scene in both areas, I’d say they’re pretty much the same to be honest. I think Cape Town is more exciting because of the variety of spaces we have as options. It’s almost like a musical treasure hunt. You can stumble across a cool, low-key, live band acoustic spot on a strange day. A place you have never heard of and they’re playing your favourite type of music there. In Joburg you have “go-to” spots you go to in order to access these vibes. Certain places are known for certain vibes and that is how it is, unless you come across pop up festivals that creep up here and there (which we need more of).

A little get to knows:

–  Music to get high to…

Anything by Vibe Music Collective, James Blake (Pembroke/CMYK stuffs) and definitely a lot of other tracks. This question isn’t fair lol

–  Favourite piece of tech…

I’m assuming you mean technology? lols uhm… my laptop.

–  Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise…

It depends what type of party I come from. I usually continue the previous vibe. So if we were at WeHouseSundays for example, I’d play a young deep house playlist.

–  Favourite hangout spot…

Anywhere in Obz and Woodstock (Cape Town). Kitcheners in Joburg AF. I’m more of a chill session girl or cooler box outdoorsy vibes wherever.

–  A Musician/DJ you’d want to collaborate with…

Hlasko, Linafornia, P.U.D.G.E, Steve Lacy and Frank Ocean. I want to learn from DJ Premier. I’d also love to DJ alongside someone like Hannah Faith. She attracts a very good aura and vibe. That Pussy Party type energy. Lol I know I’m reaching…

Artwork By - @kamo.wasabi

Artwork By: @Kemo.wasabi for Under Pressure Sundays



TRNSD Sound x HYPE Presents Session 002 – DJ Doowap


The unicorn of South Africa’s entertainment industry oozed an undeniable magic through her finger tips unto the decks which opened a new sphere for her. She catapulted from being a DJ to adding on radio presenter, TV presenter, and brand ambassador for many really cool brands and all round conceptual artist to her repertoire.

We talk to DJ Doowap about her journey in the industry and get a feel of this unequaled being. 

Who or what influenced you to start DJing and do they still play a role in your life today now that you’ve branched out into different fields in the entertainment industry?

I started DJing for some guap, whilst I was studying Sound Engineering at ASE. Little did I know that YFM would scout me at my first gig and help me make DJing a successful career. I give credit to Incredible, my DJ coach, who introduced me to the craft. He’s thankfully always around for questions.

You’ve now taken a broad-based approach to your recent sets, what has driven you in the direction of playing a fusion of genres like Grime, Kwaito and Hip Hop opposed to what you were originally known for, Dubstep?

I am glad you have done your research and are asking me relevant questions. I think music nowadays is breaking down all barriers of “genre”. My number one focus is to dabble in BASS. I am attracted to a wide range of musical styles but it always has to have that BASS undertone to raise the vibrations.

Many people struggle to fully embrace their style for the fear of what the next person might say, how did you boldly step more into who Doowap is today style wise? What was the journey like for you?

The journey of Doowap is continuous, natural and beautiful. I decided to fully embrace myself and life in 2012. My prime focus is to listen to myself, as well as the messages from Allah and my guardian angels. I am on a quest to discover my authentic identity, so as I peel the layers, my style changes in both fashion and music.

Have there been instances of ‘dream’ gigs passing you by because your external appearance was more than what the promoters could handle or have you rather had a more positive response to your image? Also, has being in the industry made it easier or difficult to stay true to your personal style?

I am sure there have been many instances that I have lost out on gigs to conservative promoters or brands but none that are memorable. I have been breaking down barriers with my image and music since I entered the game and I think I get a lot of respect for knowing my lane and being proud of my authenticity. I stay inspiring your favorite celebrities. The industry hasn’t had an effect on my personal style. The appreciation I receive on the daily is reassurance that I should continue to listen within for inspiration.

From having your own show on one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations to presenting a fresh new TV series about the “culture,” explain how the transition has been for you?

The various domains I have been dabbling in lately are ridiculously different. A whole new learning system has to be applied for each one. With radio there’s no need too be expressive with you body language but your voice must project the message. Whereas with TV it’s all about bringing your crazy energetic side out, with huge forms of expression. Live Mixing is when I am in my element. When I get to DJ my favourite tunes and put people in a happy trance I feel the most liberated. TV is a lot more nerve wracking and demands more effort from me than anything else I have ever done.

In Taste Makers, you guys showcase young creatives in South Africa’s street culture. What do you personally think of our local street culture and its growth over the years?

I am forever inspired by the young local street culture and it’s creatives. It is this rich South African culture of ours that pushes me everyday to take risks and better myself to be able to share our stories with the rest of the world. We have so much to offer as our youth are driven, unapologetic and risk takers. We drink from a fountain of eternal inspiration and have so much to offer in art,music, fashion and visual art.

We as South Africans are ever-growing and will finally truly be unlocked when internet is uncapped for everybody. Our melting pot of powerful cultures have created diverse, daring and rebellious youth that will take our street culture to next levels. The more I travel the more I appreciate where I come from, because I know we are the source.

You’ve had the opportunity to travel and spread your waves in different countries, being exposed to their street cultures and sounds. In which city did you most enjoy playing at and which was the worst, with reasoning?

A: Berlin has been my favourite, as I am never limited and the crowd is always open to experiencing new sounds. The city is full of magic that allows you to discover your powers and who you truly are. The only downside to the city, is there is no money for creatives as there is always someone willing to do it for cheaper.

The worst city was definitely Munich; People there are so stiff and stuck in a boxed routine with zero emotion. They have the money but no freedom. It was so hard to get through to them and have them enjoy a dance.

I’m sure you’ve been hounded about this but we need to know are you planning on producing/releasing any of your own music any time soon.

I wonder why I get hounded by this question all the time? I am doing so many different things and seeing how far I can stretch myself. Making awesome music is definitely something I am focusing on. Only confirmation I can give is Doowap will definitely drop music in 2017.

Favourite sneaker brand:  NIKE

Favourite album of all time:  Salt n Pepa – Very Necessary

Favourite piece of tech:  My Traktor Controller

Most favourite venue to chill at:  My Parents new slick Karaoke spot called Phaze – Corner Jan Smuts and Republic

If you ever got the chance to collaborate with any musician/DJ, who would it be: There are so many incredible women blowing my mind at the moment! Either FKA Twigs or Abra because they both have the EYE for music, fashion and visuals.


Where can one get hold of you in terms of social media and for bookings?


Instagram: @djdoowap

Twitter: @dj_doowap

Facebook: DJ Doowap


For our second guest mix, DJ Doowap hooked us up with an exclusive 55min wavy session. She tells us she actually decided to call the mix ‘Moon Waves‘ as it was developed over the period of the Pink Super Moon.

Listen to the mix below.


Written By: Thando Nkwane

TRNSD Sound Presents Session 001 – Deniece Marz…

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Stream TRNSD Sound Session 001 – Deniece Marz…

Founded in 2016, TRNSD Sound is a local platform moving culture with music as the foundation. TRNSD Sound was created to inspire a passive consumption placing value on music discovery an creation.

For our first DJ guest session, we’ve got a young wavy lady who goes by Deniece Marz… “Don’t forget the ellipsis, it’s part of the name.”

Stream TRNSD Sound Session 001 – Deniece Marz…

Get to know a little bit about her and her vibes below.


  • Who is Deniece Marz…?

Deniece Marz… is an all round artist (DJ and closet producer), currently studying fashion design.

  • What got you to start playing on the one’s and two’s and how did you end up finding your sound?

I’ve always really loved music & I’ve been known to carry a big music library in my head, so I always kinda used to mix and mesh songs in my head. That made decide to start learning how to DJ. As far as getting my sound, I’ve always been surrounded by Hip-hop and jazz music thanks to my dad and uncle.

  • Do you find any challenges being a young black women in the DJ scene?

Of course there are challenges, but I like to use that as a weapon. People don’t expect much out of you at first, because you’re a black female DJ. Once they see you play, you change the ideas they had of you because of your race and gender.

  • The South African street culture is really causing waves from the fashion to the arts and the music. What are your thoughts on how the youth are adopting and a carrying our culture? Is the representation good?

The youth is really doing their thing. They’re doing some good things in street culture. We just need to lean to stay level headed and humble, to make sure we don’t pet our egos. Also, we need to be more professional in our hustle, know how to treat people with respect and to respect their art and time.

  • Do you plan on producing or releasing your own music in future?

I would love to. I’ve been holding onto some stuff in my Ableton files. In the near future, though, I’d definitely like to put something out.

We’ve made-up a list of 5 “favourite” questions below to know a little extra about you:

1. Favorite sneaker brand?


2. Favorite album of all time?

uhhh… ‘Black on Both Sides.’

3. Favorite piece of Tech?

My Mackbook

4. Most Favorite venue to chill at?

My room, haha dope vibes and good music all the time

5. If you ever got the chance to collaborate with any musician/DJ, ho would it be?

Musician: Daev Martian
DJ: JustThemba (favorite Dj!!!!)


Social Media

Instagram + Twitter: _deniece_

Mixcloud: deniece_marz

Night In The Garden – Fashion & Art Exhibition

Night In The Garden is at it again, but this time featuring online magazine Jo-Brizzler and with the edition of a few new exhibitors who will be exhibiting at this year’s highly anticipated Fashion and Art exhibition. Join the proudly NITG team and exhibitors on the 18th of March 2017 at Poolside, Maboneng, as they will be bringing you another inventive exhibition of Johannesburg finest up and coming, yet respected, loved and celebrated fashion brands and visual artists.


Last year’s exhibition was a success and this year it’s set to be no different, as the exhibition will forever remain a creative blend of innovative fashion and art brought together by cocktails and music. Night In The Garden which aims to promote and support Johannesburg’s best up and coming fashion brands and visual artists will keep to the same, yet innovative blue print of a refreshing, interactive and creative space which allows the artists to interact with their followers and network with a potentially new untapped market.

With this year’s theme being Hydration you can expect to see a sensational space as the theme will be interpreted by both exhibitors and the NITG team. This also gave some room for experimenting with the Lookbook and the team cannot wait to share it with you. The lookbook which will be released closer to the day of the exhibition will be a sneak peek into what you can expect as well as who you can expect to see exhibiting, from the talented Lorenzo Plaatjies and Alternative Visuals, all the way to the valued Uniconz and Embedded.

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Tickets will b e sold at the door for just R70 and for all the latest updates follow them on their social media platforms:

  • Instagram: nightinthegarden
  • Twitter: @NITG_Exhibition
  • Facebook: @NITGexhibition.


TRNSD For REconnecteD TV

REconnecteD TV is a series of interviews with designers living and working in Africa as they share lessons they have learned through their experiences building their brands in the current fashion landscape. Starting with South Africa.

Incase you missed it, their recent episode features our very own, founder and creative director of TRNSD, Khanyisile Dube. Watch below as he discusses with REconnecteD TV his lessons and insights in the South African fashion industry.

Lessons Learned Capsule

TRNSD (pronounced Trendscend) have released their new capsule collection titled “Lessons Learned.” The concept stems from their past and present experiences in the South African fashion and entertainment industry since starting out in 2013. ‘Lessons Learned’ will be a moving concept and will be running throughout the entire 2017.  Below is the Lookbook released with the capsule and is now available online (worldwide shipping).


Photography: Lwazi Mcongwane (@justlwazi)

Layout: Khanyisile Dube (@khanyiidube)

Model: Jenyo Johnson (@adiolagos), Matshepo Mnisi (@matshepho_theduchess1)

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Superbalist Weekender By a Carefree Black Boy.

To start this article off, it is important to state I will be giving a summary over an event which happened across 3 days so do bear with me if it does not depict or evoke the emotional response you felt on the different days. If you have no idea what I am referring to, oh do I have a story to tell you. Okay let me give early context, a few months ago Superbalist announced there were going to have a festival in Johannesburg, yes an entire festival in Johannesburg. Honestly I was curious as to how it was going to happen especially considering the fact that Jo’burg was not known for housing large festivals like Rocking the Daises or OppiKoppi. Would Jo’burg people be keen for something like that anyway? Is an important question. The initial answer was no but when it was announced, it would be a 3 day event at different venues; The And club, Braam Beach Party (both in Newtown) and the main event that had headline acts Mac Miller and Foster the people in Emmarentia Dam. People seemed interested and so was I. Let me try taking you through a journey of a carefree black boy doing his first “Festival.”


And club, known being for white people because of the music they played (Deep techno or something like that). My friends and I tried to have a positive attitude purely because we paid for this festival and had no choice but to enjoy. In the Uber going there, music was playing on the radio and my one friend Thabani said “This is the last time we will hear this kind of music, enjoy it while you can.” Entering the club we were met by a plethora of white people, it felt like being in Cape Town and with each stare you get the feeling of not being wanted envelopes you. To be honest I would not have been surprised if we were with people who voted “Yes” for Wits to open. Assessing the place moving around, we always smiled when we saw our fellow black person. Issue with that was 90% of them had relaxed their hair so they basically weren’t one of us. There were two dance floors, one of them played Deep techno which seemed to get people dancing granted it was one directional movement but the music seemed to be felt by the audience, it was strange to see honestly. It was as if the crowed was drugged (take it as you want) or in a trance. The music itself had no vibe or rhythm to it even if you have a little groove in your boots you wouldn’t groove. I can admit that it was a little pleasing and funny at the same time seeing people try dance to it (NO NAMES WILL BE MENTIONED). Overall analysis; if the clubs has the name & (AND) maybe you aren’t the “target market.”


Next day was the UntilUntil event and man did I wish it continued, until… The rain did not almost ruin everything. Okay, I may have skipped a considerable amount of information didn’t I? Apologies, I go by the name of Thube and this is my journey of another day being at a festival as a carefree black boy. The day started out with everyone being excited for the Braam Beach Party that was set up in such a way that it would actually feel like you’re at the beach, dude I kid you not dude. Everyone comes in their shorts and beach attire (but not really everyone because it is still Jo’burg, I can and will dress how I want). Fine, the vibes immediately upon arrival were strong, my friends and I fit in a lot better because we see a lot more welcoming and familiar faces. In other words: there were more black people.

Everything was going well, there was actual beach sand so there was an authentic feel. The acts which came on were nothing short of amazing. The DJ’s took a different approach with their sets from DJ Capital playing with a drummer, Atjazz brought out a guitarist who hit those riffs perfectly when ‘moments’ came on, during the set it started to drizzle making it feel like everything happens for a reason. After the set it rain and poured, people tried to resist it at first but when you are dressed as if you should be in the beach but with no ocean in sight and you are wet. It isn’t really desirable to be within rain at all. Leading people to run and look for any bit of shelter be it a tent of sorts, someone’s partner, your partner, you know whatever works. The rain calms down and the music is keeping people warm and things seem fine, until it rains again and now you have zero fucks to give because MAYO by DJ Speedsta plays in the background making it feel that everything will be alright. Partying in the rain feeling like it is an early 2000 R&B classic music video. Performances come on and King Kotini (Ricky Rick) gives a performance with so much passion you want to applaud at the end and give him a standing ovation and encore for the culture. AKA is the headline that does not perform like he used to. There was a point in time when there was far too much auto-tune and less rapping in his performances, at this point you are too cold to stay, decide to request an Uber and call it a goodnight.


It is the main event. It is the day everyone was waiting for, the day of Mac Miller and Foster the People. The journey continues and it is still brought to you by a carefree black boy who loves his mom. Event starts at 10am (Lol I know right?) so my friends and I are lax about it and take our time, considering the night before you decide to have an outfit which can work if it is hot or a bit nippy either way you are safe. Friends assemble and we request the Uber. The vibes are strong en route, there are discussions on what Mac will perform. We each say which songs we would like to hear (I wanted, I’m Not Real). Arrive at the venue and it is too hot and it hits me that I wore too much clothes anyway. Time for refreshments and there are so many white people again, (what is happening??). Then it hits you that the entire roster of performers is white, you keep it moving and find a decent spot upfront to be in good view of Mac. There is a weird artist by the name of BeardyMan performing and everyone is confused but you enjoy because you paid for this. With each song you are getting more impatient waiting for Mac, the sun is beaming and it was as if the DA told the sun to be perfect on the day as there would be more white people than blacks. You don’t let it get to you because… it’s Mac bro. There is the set up and it is finally happening you are going to see the artist who gave you Blue slide-park and is your generations Eminem, I mean that in a sense of white people are happy to have another dope rapper they can relate to before I am scolded.


Photo Cred: @LydieByart_

Cinderella drops and the crowd is singing line for line, louder and louder waiting for Mac to appear. Mac comes out in a hoodie and Shorts, sees the crowd and is stunned takes it all in and gives us an amazing performance. Everyone and I mean everyone lost their shit when ROME came on, the performance had his classics and best songs from the new album. He gets off the stage, people call for an encore, calling to no avail. Yes we saw Mac but we did not get him for the duration we wanted, call it selfish but I call it being a fan. Mans did not even perform past an hour, reason was firstly the event ended at 6pm, secondly Foster the people were coming on. If you played FIFA growing up you will have heard a few of their songs.


Photo Cred: @LydieByart_

It took them about 30-45 minutes to set up, in between people were losing their minds from the Mac Miller performance, my friends wanted to leave which they couldn’t because I have seen enough movies where black people get left alone with white people… they do drugs (You thought worse things didn’t you? shame just shame on you). Foster the people come out dressed in all white looking like they were about to kill someone, hate to be cliché but their performance was killed. The instruments made their songs come to life or LIVE seeing them LIVE was a threat. We were spoiled with exclusive songs, and then we were sent off with their classic Pumped up Kicks. It was time to go home and take in the entire weekend in. The important lesson of the weekend was never wait too long to leave because when you are around white people get ready for a X3.6 Uber surge. This is a journey brought to you by a carefree black boy.

By: Thube Nkutha

Frank Casino – Whole Thing (Official Music Video)

Frank Casino – Whole Thing (Prod by D’Artzit & Dellz)

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Bassment Sessions 7

Resident Trendscend DJ, BASMNT is back with the Bassment Session mixes and to pick up where he left off, he’s released a 30 minute Hip Hop/Trap mix. You can now Stream/Download via the link below.

Track List

By Chance Rae Sremmurd
Lie 2 Me Ma-E ft AKA
FUSEG Riky Rick x Anatii x Cassper Nyovest
A-Team Travi$ Scott
Blase Ty Dolla $ign ft Future & Rae Sremmurd
Start A Party Rae Sremmurd
Basement Freestyle Travi$ Scott
U Mad Vic Mensa ft Kanye West
Up Like Trump Rae Sremmurd
Pop Style Drake ft Kanye West & Jay Z
None of You Niggas NDot ft Lil Uzi Vert
Fuck LA Schoolboy Q
I Got The Keys DJ Khaled ft Future & Jay Z
Bake Sale Wiz Khalifa ft Travi$ Scott
All My Chains Lil Uzi Vert
Real Stuff Da L.E.S ft AKA & Maggz
Pick Up The Phone Young Thug ft Travi$ Scott & Quavo
Ghetto 2 Chainz
Ambitious Remix Tweezy ft Khuli Chana, Victoria Kimani & Ice Prince
Jumpman Drake & Future
Pt. 2 Kanye West ft Desiigner
Panda Desiigner
Pose Rihanna

BASMNT (Bassment)


Sixty vs 40

I did a poll on Twitter asking “Does music help with your mood” more than 60% of people had agreed stating yes it does improve their moods. The other 40% replied to the me saying “it doesn’t really matter” which to the 60% music actually does matter to them and their moods. Reason why I posed the question was to gauge the full extent of the power of music, we are all moved by it and can’t deny its effect on our moods at the certain point, and each person is affected by a certain kind of song differently. Example, we are on our way to the club everyone in the car is inebriated (excluding the driver because responsible drinking, come on) the passenger grabs the Aux plays ‘Tame impala – Be above it’ not a bad song to play at all but the entire back seat will throw a fit saying “dude it’s not the time for this”. What the example shows is different types of music suit different situations. Yet a personal introspection is about what exactly does the music for you, depending on the timing of it in your life.


You look at when someone goes through a break up(cliché I know but it has to be done) that person isn’t exactly playing music they can turn up to unless they want to Milly Rock their chest pains away then they probably fit into the 40% of people. Whilst a 60 percenter (making up a word but it works) will rather find themselves playing music they can resonate to this being “Sad” music for sad people. The question poses itself as to what role music plays in people’s lives and how far it can alter ones mood, it could give someone a breakthrough moment in finally realizing how badly they had been treated before, from a single line that evokes a memory. We see the importance of music in our daily lives waking up going to gym, school, and work. We all have our set playlist for that walk/ride to work and school that fire playlist to keep you amped at gym this of course refers to the people appreciate the music now these damn 40 percenters.

Now we go into the other side of music, the artist who makes the music for the 60 percenters. See the difference between the artist and the audience is; one is giving off themselves and gaining the something from the way people respond to their music. Whereas the audience absorbs and critics their work whether they enjoy it or raid the YouTube comments section with hate is all subjective. What we as the audience don’t understand is how strenuous it is for them to constantly feed the audience by giving themselves to people, their stories. Make someone get over a heartbreak, make someone fall in love, make someone finally pay their taxes and all other effects music has without the artists feeling it is anyway reciprocated in anyway excluding admiration for their work.  Not saying that these artists don’t get any sort of satisfaction in their artistry, no I can’t say that as if these people are my friends.

It’s through observation; where you find artists going the extra mile to always produce quality music that gives from their own experience to better someone else’s. Basically always needing to live exciting lives and to an extent creating when they can’t create the way they used to. Some artists find the use of drugs to supply their creativity because of the pressure of “owing” your fans music.


What happens when you have nothing to offer and fear people will get used to something and move on? How exhausting does it have to be being a renowned artist who can’t be consistent? Who deals with the pressure of always being required to serve not only your own musical satisfactions but those who use music as their own personal drug? Artists are being required to give a service basically to “give people what they need” the depressed folk need the music which gets them through each day. The happy folk need music that can always give them their glee to stride confidently during the day. Each musical faction requires something and what about what the artists require? Is it enough to keep them going and not resort to other measures to ensure that people come before their own needs?

As fans we put so much pressure on artists and forget how their music helps with our mood for the duration of the album(s) when the record stops playing our lives continue. Music is an important element in our lives and so are our artists, let’s treasure them and their importance without constantly being in their throats for us to get by while they suffer in silence.

By: Thube Nkutha (@TwoBear_)

When Thugs Cry

Growing up as a black male there is always a constant theme you are told by your father, uncles and grandfathers. It usually starts/ends with the words “Men do or don’t do this” you are also reminded how you need to be “strong” not to your own standards but of one that you have inherited from a time you aren’t from. Your whole life is centered on these ideals that if you show emotion, it makes you weak a man and should not show that side to anyone. Of course unless you use it to gain sexual pleasures from the opposite sex. This is a custom you are told to live by, if not you will be ridiculed and slandered constantly. These are the tales a black male is restricted to live by, a concept which allows black men to believe if you aren’t physically strong you aren’t equipped to protect those around you.

We have allowed the world’s standard of the fact a black male should be strong, a black man should be feared in a sense to get a level entry into society. The world is already against the black man, the black man should not now turn its back against its own black men. Something our black musical artists especially in the field of hip hop should be more vocal about, considering how influential the hip hop genre is a voice for the black male. It echoes a voice of struggle, violence of what a man goes through a fundamental issue is when it doesn’t cover all aspects of what a black male(s) goes through. Especially the issue of how black masculinity is so fragile, how the hyper sexual male has become so hell bent on finding anything gay.

There are artists such as Tyler, the Creator who touch on the issue. His belief is that if you speak of something so much you denounce its importance, why you find his saying “fag” or “homo” so much in his older music. It had nothing to do with the fact he was homophobic it was all to take away the impact of the word by using it in a playful manner. To an extent the way hip hop was before tried show how a man should behave, hip hop created a blueprint on how men should act. It looked; one needing to have a plethora of hoes (loose term) around you be the man, being a gangster in your music videos and somewhat keep the appearance in real life too.2015TylerTheCreator_GolfMerch_Press_080515.article_x4

When you look at how the game started off that way now he an IG (Instagram) poster boy, giving an example in a shift of where hip hop is. All the blueprint did was identify a certain type of black male, not give a holistic idea of the different types of black men. Not all hip hop artists are let’s call them hyper-sexual rappers such as Lil B advocate on changing the norm of the way people see rappers. Then you find other who would label Young Thug gay for showing affection to his friends, making it seem that being “Gay” is wrong, which it isn’t.

I can’t not only speak on international stars with their issues and forget that homosexuality is illegal in 31 African countries. People are being killed for who they are, because if you aren’t a man to a certain standard then death is better than who you are (add sarcasm font here). When black masculinity reaches such levels you wonder why the silence of artists needs to be addressed. A quote says “if you are quiet about an issue then you agree on it.” South Africa does not have a restriction on homosexuality but you have tradition that fills the gap. When you look at how strict tradition is on black men, being the provider of a home, having to continue the family name through procreation.

Needing to do certain tasks to affirm you are a man, this differs from each tradition in South Africa granted. Yet the pressures put on sons is a constant theme throughout all traditions remains. What happens when a male isn’t attracted to the opposite sex? Who speaks on these issues for the gay male black community in South Africa? Nobody who could have an influence or give clarity on the issue faced by black men in Mzansi. A voice is an influence on how to break the barriers we as black men find ourselves in. Hip hop is a platform that speaks for black men and to black men. Artists should see their importance and fine music has become a lot less lyrical content oriented (trap life, catchy music) but music isn’t the only space where issues can be addressed.

By: Thube Nkutha


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Hip Hop Is Gospel?

Growing up from a Christian background you are usually surround by a constant sound that is energetic. Filled with passion given towards a higher power, on a Sunday it is the music you are subjected to. We call this gospel music filled with mass choirs led by a musician who doesn’t really sing but directs the choir. You hear it before church, during and after unless you are asking for chest pains by playing Metro FM. Not knowing any better you are told and reminded of the contrast which Hip hop music stands for, be it slut shaming. Promoting of lustful behavior basically it is music that would not please God at all. Purely off the basis of the different messages being portrayed by the artists. To the gospel community hip hop does not serve any good purpose. To the hip hop community gospel does not uplift them to be drawn into what is being said. See the difference is that where one can change, another can’t (Lyrically)

How does this barrier get broken? Should it even be broken is the ultimate question as the genres don’t serve the same purpose (but can). Anyone who believes they don’t, is one who underestimates the power of music. As we have seen so many different sounds having different effects on people, each person seeks out their own “gospel” a person who listens to a rapper can say something along the lines of “this is the gospel” what that gospel purely is on them. Another person will listen to gospel and say “this is the word” see what I am getting at? Most people who listen to hip hop could easily relate to a line Kanye west said of: “I told God I’d be back in a second, Man it’s so hard not to act reckless” showing not only belief in a higher power by a rapper who is accustomed to a way of being that is not seen worthy by the one he believes in. Highlighting that even those who don’t exult in the name of the Lord still acknowledge his presence, respect it.


This from a rapper who to most in the Christian community would not be accepted based on lifestyle, music made etc. Do we then try to conclude that rappers are trying to find an escape for the hardship that is the world through their music? Or do we say music is their escape through expression about everything around them, a cry if you want, a prayer to someone else. We have seen that announcing a certain faith and living through it isn’t that easy. Imagine if Kanye went full on Christian Rap, granted he would attract more listeners. Maybe even lose a few but his life will be under constant introspection, questioning as towards the reason of the change ultimately not everyone will be pleased with what you are doing. Looking at Chance the rapper we see someone who blends both a traditional rap sound and a more gospel element. More in his latest album ‘Colouring Book,’ showing us that a rapper can give a sound that pleases a general audience or in this case.

In his former mixtapes, we see him give minor cues of a human searching for an understanding on what is happening around them. Someone will question that do rappers then only seek favor from God for their own musical advancements? Someone could easily say yes by referencing R. Kelly, another could say no by mentioning The Game who had an album titled ‘Jesus Piece’ having no indication of seeking to gain an audience for their benefit. It’s mostly subjective with no definite answer and that’s okay, music is made to make people question it.


Each artist has a set purpose for their music, who it’s for, why it was made and what it represents about them. Current rappers tend to give a lot of praise to a higher power not only through music, based on where they are currently are in life. Feeling they owe it someone who put them in that position. Which in itself is not bad at all because musicians shed light on their current situations. Not saying that rappers making Gospel is a phase, stating that hip hop is always growing with involvement of Christians musicians such as Kirk Franklin (who does a fresh ass Milly Rock might I add). Stating the importance of having no limitations on what music is supposed to do, who it attracts. There is the gospel in hip hop, whichever way you want to look at it.

By: Thube Nkutha


TRNSD Sound Profiles: Dapper Gang

Often we are told that first impressions are the foundation of most interactions. This notion goes hand in hand with music, assuming that you hear something and love it. You easily also have a disliking to something and never have any interest in it at all. Thus reiterating the importance of first impressions. One could see something and want to be a part of it, without the slightest bit of knowledge about it based on how it appeals to you. As you are impressed by what it is, what it stands for. An ideal that I personally had with a collective by the name of Dapper Gang. A group of musicians, photographers, designers and creatives. All from the Neighbourhood Kempton park in the East Rand of Johannesburg. Who not only form a great cohesive unit but show this in their efforts by pushing of each others with their respective fields.


There is a level of brotherhood displayed through appreciation and commitment to the cause that was started when Parley and Frank started making music. In a music industry that has gradually picked up in a great interest in the hip hop culture. We see different kinds of sounds being introduced, especially a great devotion to one’s respective hood(s). The musicians of Dapper gang are no exception to the pushing and representation of where they are from, giving us a glimpse of who they are representing through the music. It’s always easy to claim support from those you call your friends/around you, as there is a sense of “obligation” which is given by those you call “friends”. Problem with this obligation is that there would be no point if there is no sense of belief in what you are putting out into the world.


What Dapper Gang does so well is break the ceiling in the purely organic support by those affiliated with the musicians. Yes it is about the music but from the comradely shown, one sees that there it is more than just music. It is about believing in the vision, thriving for impact in having an influence on the culture through the music. Basically music for the culture. A sense of determination for not settling on being an impact to a certain target audience, thriving on wanting to shift as many people as possible. See what I have gathered from being around Dapper Gang is there is no sense of restriction, be it those around them (meaning there are countless of personalities in the group).


Sonically as well, yes the musicians do make hip hop. Yet it doesn’t sound the same there is diversity in how Frank wants the whole thing. Then we are put in an emotional mood by Parley showing an affectionate side with Cocaine love. Any group of friends can easily come together, give themselves a name and make music it’s very easy to be a carbon copy of Odd Future or Boyz‘n Bucks. Something that only seeks to be about themselves, push their own visions. It is another thing entirely when you come together and see the music as an avenue of bringing change that you would want to see. Wanting to shift a culture by being bigger than the name, the printed shirts. It’s a lot harder to be dapper gang because of the pressure they put on themselves, to have the impact they feel should be reflected in the society we are in.



  • So when dapper gang and why did it start?

Is was started to be a movement, which was started when we made music. The record label only officially started in 2015 that was to make it formal. Before that it was beyond the music.

  • Who is in the record label? 

Parley, Ben Rasco and Frank casino.


  • With the name do you feel you any pressure attached in presenting yourself as Dapper? 


“Pressure we deal with is what we put into ourselves. Comes from the vision, not what we are. What we want to be. Yes we are very well dressed, elegant, and opulent. Not about what we were, more how we saw ourselves. Thus making the vision absolute.”


  • What is the purpose of the music with the music?


As Dapper Gang: Offer a home to the listeners of that nature. Feel as if they belong to what we created. Those who are feeling oppressed by the status quo come to us. To feel free is to be Dapper Gang. An escape from variety.


Parley : Music to console music, save myself from how I feel. “If anyone can get saved from what I do, then I’m content. That is fulfillment, what frees me follows through with the music. A Divine word if you want.


Rasco : Simple, reach out to the people. People need to listen, from there it’s up to them.


Frank : The purpose of the music is to grow, musically and as a person. Inspire, teach, learn, get in touch with your different inner emotions and gain wisdom through the sounds and content.


  • Where do you see Dapper in 5 years? Will you stop if you make it or not? 


Parley : Many people behind the movement going forward, a way of lifestyle. With no point of acting as if you are Parley/Frank. More about being whom you are, not limiting to but for the South African youth.


Forrest : Together, the brotherhood intact and in full bloom as we’re going to be better versions of ourselves thus translating to a better opinion to everything pertaining to the culture. Also reaching out more and being out there to be reached easily as well with regards to working with other like-minded individuals and groups. Vehemently pushing boundaries for the culture locally and internationally.


Frank : I see Dapper Gang Records being influential in many ways beyond the music itself. I see it playing a key role on the creative dynamics and business spectrum that will help improve the lives of others and views of arts and entertainment. I see it inspiring many others from all walks of life and different parts of the world that chasing dreams, consistency and hard work can’t take you anywhere you’d like to go. I see it as the backbone and pillar of the culture in South Africa, Africa and everywhere else in the world in 5 years’ time.

  • What do you influence to the non-musicians bring 

Havoc :  I help people bring their ideas to life and help them to keep creating product/content. Through curation, availing resources, advice and even personal experience I help people self-actualize. We are often held back not by the lack of skill or talent but because we don’t believe in ourselves and to make matters worse, we get doors slammed in our faces. I help people get past that so they can be able to keep going.

Forrest : Sourcing and sharing of international trends as well be it with regards to clothing, visuals (video and stills)  and new up and coming artists, local like-minded individuals as well. So quite a bit of research and ultimately our combined plight as the dapper gang provides subject matter for the raps be it our accomplishments, errors and everything in between

Nobody is saying wake up tomorrow and announce yourself as dapper gang, yet nobody is saying don’t. If anything it is “Great option to follow”. I myself personally am a member of Dapper Gang, started today.

By: Thube Nkutha



The Switch Up

We live in an age where women and men are becoming equals. In homes for example, where the woman becomes the breadwinner of the family. I mean you could even find a man who is a househusband in today’s society, It’s crazy with a dash of amazing as to how much of a shift society has taken. A shift that has slowly been building for a very long time, as women were tired of always sitting back waiting for the man to do this. When women had to hide in the shadow, limiting what they could actually do all to preserve the male ego.

Probably the only exception is music, which sees most male rappers constantly shaming women, ridiculing them to objects of pleasure. I plead guilty, honorable reader, I do lust over these women who show their voluptuous “assets” on the television screen. Not making it right, oh Lord no, with their lyrics of always telling us how much our girlfriends love them and want them (Woah!). Probably isn’t entirely wrong as these men are idolized by many, their music somewhat inspiring a domino effect as to how society tends to see and treat women.

Seeing men not wanting to commit to relationships because favorite rappers are moving from one girl to the next, snorting cocaine on one body, whilst doing body shots on another. Creating this fantasy of adultery, being very attractive to the eye. Throwing money in the faces of women making them “work” for it. I mean it happens on the TV screen, why can’t life be what we constantly see with those who we get inspiration from? One would assume women would sit down and be okay with what is displayed. That is very incorrect.

Seeing how a few female artists have shown us that women do have a voice of their own. To an extent they make music that empowers women to be comfortable with their bodies and controlling of them. Fine, there is a lot of slander as to how these women go about it. Dislike (these very much misogynistic guys are) labelling this level of empowerment as “Thot music” to tell women that they must hoe (relative meaning) around, as if rappers preach about commitment.

Double standards at their best. These women go on revealing their relations with guys, how they usually play with guys emotions. Giving clearance as to how guys actually are, with no shame. Singing about how someone slept on them before they “popped,” a guy who cheated and needs to leave them, how guys only want to be the man they should have always been only after being caught (Basically asking for love back) Any slander that comes the way to these women honestly isn’t warranted, seeing as they give light as to what actually happens in most women’s lives.

These women who might be seen to “force” women to not want to settle on anything life presents to them. Doing this is probably done within reason, seeing as they have settled and it came back against them. Settled for what you may ask? Only having a few voices speak on the different experiences on what they have been through with men. Settling for seeing how some women are being treated by rappers, without truly building themselves, settling for being pretty faces. These women might be saying ladies be “free” but who says women shouldn’t be free to make choices of their own. To see their true worth, going for more. Without restriction(s) from society telling them women should act like this, and behave this way.

To an extent these singers/rappers are breaking down the barriers of music. We see a change in guys willing to listen to what a female artist would say. Fine it could be a cheat in knowing about the game (from a women’s view), what women truly say about men. Can it be clarified that I’m not saying all male rappers shame women or are very misogynistic in their music. I am not saying that all nouveau female singers/rappers show how guys ain’t shit. I am saying that the double standards of music have an even playing ground. Not making double standards okay at any point, more that women aren’t settling for what is presented to them anymore or what is being said about them. They have a voice and it’s going to keep getting louder.

By: Thube Nkutha



STREAM/DOWNLOAD Bassment Sessions 06 Mix – The Night Show 1 hour Special

— Tracklist —



Travi$ Scott Piss On Your Grave (Ft. Kanye West)
SremmLife Crew Doggin’ (Ft. Riff x3, Slim Jxmmi & Swae Lee)
Emtee Winning (Ft. Nasty C)
A$AP Ferg New Level (Ft. Future)
Kanye West Freestyle 4 (Ft. Desiigner)
Travi$ Scott Upper Echelon (Ft. T.I & 2 Chainz)
Kendrick Lamar Untitled 07
2 Chainz Watch Out
Future Groupies
Travi$ Scott A-Team
Nasty C Bamm Bamm
Beyonce Formation
Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Fetty Wap & Juugman Fetti
Chinx Abu Dhabi
Migos One Time
Travi$ Scott Basement Freestyle
Vic Mensa U Mad (Ft. Kanye West)
Drake & Future Big Rings
Young Thug Slime Shit (Ft Yok Gotti)
Travi$ Scott Antidote
Drake Pop Style (Ft. The Throne)
2 Chainz A Milli Billi Trilli (Ft. Wiz Khalifa)
Migos Look At My Dab
Kiff No Beat Tu Es Dans Pain
Drake & Future Jumpman
NDot None Of You Niggas (Ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
Young Thug Pull Up On A Kid (Yak Gotti)
Travi$ Scott Uber Everywhere (Remix)
Lil Uzi Vert All My Chainz
Schoolboy Q Fuck LA
Dj Khaled I Dont Play About My Paper (Ft. Future & Rick Ross)
Da L.E.S Real Stuff (Ft. AKA & Maggz)




Live For Live

Concerts, concerts, always a flip the coin situation. More for the uncertainty of what will be coming your way, one should have expectations especially when they have paid money for it. Now you are patiently waiting for the entire ordeal to go well, hoping it will all be worth it. Concerts offer something you wouldn’t experience when jamming alone or with headphones on your way to school/work, very much a surreal feel of the music itself.

There is a certain level of effort put in by the artists during a performance, as a fan you want to see when they pour themselves into their music. Something you can only see live. For some, the atmosphere itself is what wins them over, how great the act is able to engage with the crowd, giving another aspect which adds to the music. Certain international acts don’t give their all in their performances. Mainly big names (will not name drop), key word was certain. As not all artists have this inferiority complex about South Africa, Africa as a whole actually. Probably seeing a big international act give us his/her all on stage, wanting to make our money worth spending on them. Especially when one we’re to exchange our currency into their currencies, they wouldn’t be making much profit but that’s when you gauge an artist who is in it for the art. The people who appreciate their art. Instead of it being a selfish gain, how they are doing South Africa a favor.


Before I continue a few concert rules need to be set;
1. Tall people should not be in the front of the damn audience. I mean you can easily see above most heads, now why be “that guy” who wants to see everything impeding others’ view. Where is the damn decorum!?
2. Don’t by any means stand next to the speaker, no matter how psyched you are feeling that night. The next morning will definitely be a horrific one.
3. Can the opening acts not be a platform for organizers pushing their friends’ Mixtapes. Especially when the music is so experimental, it feels weird. Yeah yeah I get intimate crowds are open to new things. But not all new things need to be experimented all the time you know? No? Okay.


I recently went to a concert by a Canadian jazz band by the name of BadBadNotGood (styled as BADBADNOTGOOD, BBNG for short). They were initially only performing at The International Cape Town Jazz Fest. But, someone probably getting God on the phone, Kool Out managed to bring them to Jo’burg. Something I personally have become a huge fan of, is how these small bands can get a crowd (granted I’ve only been to two concerts) it’s about how music can travel through many countries. Good music will always be found and heard. It shows when these relatively small acts, who aren’t known commercially can sell out the works, without losing the main theme of an intimate setting with the audience. The ability to engage with the crowd, without feeling you aren’t having the same experience as a person three places behind you. Maybe this is dramatic but, you feel how it is to be in studio with them jamming.

Generally from the comments made by the “Beyoncé” of BBNG, who was very surprised as to how energetic the crowd was, it could be that us being in another country. We hardly get acts constantly coming back, as we have come to know that a world tour equals every place besides anywhere in Africa. The crowd knows they have to make the most of this opportunity. Getting an artist at their peak, whereas most legendary artists see South Africa as a ticket to enjoy their glory days who come way after their own buzz has died down in their own country. I personally don’t want to be at a Big Sean concert when his raps are all corny and he isn’t rapping songs I would like him to right now before he stops performing ever. Probably this forms my biased need for an intimate performance, making it feel that the artist is purely trying to please me or one person even though they aren’t (I probably sound narcissistic but I’m not).


Back to the concert, it felt as if I was back at Puma Social Club (a social event which Puma used to host in different cities around Gauteng), and I never wanted it to end. From the opening sets that were playing music you wouldn’t hear when you are out but should. Opening acts got a bit weird (remember point umber 3). Past the clustered crowd, being close to the speaker, sweating a bit from all the cigarettes. Concerts have this feel that music can bring anyone together for about 2-6 hours. Fine, fine we not saying music is changing the world. We can say concerts are the one place where world peace can be seen.

I recommend to vibe out to BBNG, they’re really worth having a listen to — SOUNDCLOUD

Author: Njabulo ‘Thube’ Nkutha

TRNSD Sound x STR WRD Present Bassment Sessions 05 Mix

Bassment Sessions 5

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Track Title Artist
A Tale of 2 Citiez J Cole
Worthy Jeremih ft. Jhene Aiko
Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff &The Fresh Prince
Like It Like That A Tribe Called Quest
Righteous Minds Joey Bada$$
Electric Lady Janelle Monae ft. Solange
Baddest AKA ft. Burna Boy, Yanga & Khuli Chana
Your Love Mick Jenkins
Can I Kick It? A Tribe Called Quest
Don’t (Bryston Tiller Salgueiro Mix) Sango ft. Chris McClenney
B4 The Night Is Thru Jesse Boykins III
Girl Vanilla
Hip Hop Hooray Naughty By Nature
Highlights Kanye West ft. Young Thug
You Know What’s Up Donell Jones
Mac Tonight Skyler Spence

TRNSD Sound Presents STUDIO 1


TRNSD Sound Presents STUDIO 1

A bi-weekly show in which we host conversations with local upcoming “b-side” artists, cats who are causing waves beyond radio and television. We are creating a platform for new and alternative sounds which South Africans have to offer. The Intro features a Guest Mix (snippet) by DJ BASMNT. Have a listen via STUDIO 1 Intro (Snippet)

Full Intro coming soon. Keep tabs on

Open Your Ears, Close Your Eyes.

Growing up in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, South African music had its own genre going by the name of Kwaito. That was the music which brought about a sense of identity that we could call our own, something that didn’t sound inspired from another country. Yet somehow the genre started to fade out and our cry was for music our generation would enjoy. Thus having our generation get in tuned with sounds abroad, to an extent and a very large one at that. Sounds which weren’t ours were favoured more because of popularity and people generally didn’t expect much to come locally.

What effect could this have on our music scene? One would hope not a massive one yes? Well how short sighted is your hope. In fact one would assume, a disregard of potential will never be given a chance, based solely on where it is from is what some of the local artists have to face. How someone would change a song playing on the radio (if it reaches the radio) if they hear it’s not local and isn’t a house hold name. That could make artists tend to feel undervalued by those they want to please. To give rise to the local music scene that people are claiming is so rigid and stagnant, which lacks growth. How the artists who have made it only seem to fucks with the music only when there is a vibe, see that the hype train can take them to their best destination. Then it’s hidden behind how they always saw your potential. How the local group is “sleeping” on talent.

Not all our local talent gets applauds from the famous stars, making one wonder how they keep still making music. Matter of fact, why would they still be making music? I mean if it’s not for themselves, who is it for? Strange how something isn’t felt by those around you but gets received very well abroad. Having our own local artists going to festivals such as Glastonbury (John Wizards did this), causing waves and making moves and still nobody even knows their name. Who is to blame? The local artists who don’t seem to push their music down people’s throats but take the direction of; “our music will speak for itself, if people want to hear it then they will.” Which kinda sucks, let me explain before I am killed. As in South Africa we don’t have easy access to constant internet as Europeans, Americans, etc. Or does it become the people’s fault for not going to a cheap Internet cafe and streaming on Soundcloud digging for music. Maybe it’s the people as they fear not enjoying what could be on the Red Bull Studios Cape Town playlist. Not everyone would enjoy the likes of Das Kapital or Christian Tiger School. With that being said, why wouldn’t they? I mean we all can’t be into the same kind of music. We could try to be more open especially since it’s local, they do say support local.

Segregation formed based on what music is played in different cities is not such a bad thing. Every city has its own culture, a vibe which differentiates them from the rest. My friends once told me when they went to Cape Town, the popular clubs had not caught up to the level of hip hop that was being played in Jo’burg. One can understand why that is as electronic music tends to get the nod in the west side. The city being the capital of South Africa’s best music festivals (I don’t want to say that Jo’burg folk mostly act fresh to an artist that isn’t huge), forcing artists to niche their music to accommodate a certain amount of people. I believe such an ideal needs to be demolished because artists are getting caught into restricting what reach they can have locally. Myself and DJ BASMNT have put together a playlist of local tracks we think cause serious waves and need to be heard. Direct links have been put up so please feel free to lend an ear and stream/download/share the vibes.

By: Thube Nkutha



Love In The 90’s?

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, couples are searching for the best gifts to get their partners. Love is in the air even though we don’t get to see Cupid flying around shooting bow and arrows of love. We do however have artists who spread the notion of love through their music. Those who practically play the role of Cupid with their lyrics that can be used to make someone fall in love with or at least the idea of love.

Have you been single and decided to put your heart in a bit of anguish by playing Metro FM on a Sunday? Didn’t end well for you did it?! You start hitting up your ex-partner asking what went wrong. Oh and it’s all the worst when they play a song you two shared, how dare the DJ do that! How dare they put you in your feels that make you believe love is obtainable? Chance the rapper does say “I think love is a beautiful too”. What is better than a gift which won’t lose its value on the day after Valentines? Something with a bit more tangibility/longevity could be music if you allow it.

I am not about to go on a frenzy about love in its core rather the exertion of it by artists. That make you want to have that feeling they are talking about, we all can relate to music especially when we have experienced something we hear. That’s what these R&B artists do when one says “I love how you touch me” then you think to yourself “Yes, my person does touch me in a way I love”. Not the best example I’ll agree forgive me, all I wanted to do was show you how music connects us to the memories we have and share with someone special to us. To others, Valentine’s Day is seen as just another day and why show your love on this one day when you can show it on the 15th of February? This day can be seen as practice for getting your special someone something for their anniversary. Now back to the music.

The cry is that artists of our time aren’t making love as desirable as the 90’s artists did. The music which made you want to leave your house at 12am to devote your love to the person you still weren’t sure whether or not it was love or infatuation. With that being said, what we need to acknowledge is that generations don’t all love the same. Not meaning that love is not possible in our generation, as there are artists who do still take inspiration from the artists before them. To not try replicate the same kind of R&B yet the showcasing of love from our generation. Making us want 3am conversations about the stars and moon (Tumblr inspired reference).

Our generation is still trying to define our kind of love, we aren’t perfect neither are those who came before us. Our artists are going to be more refined in how we exert that love. If you want old school love then build a time machine and go back there. Thus we have decided to give you a playlist of artists of our time who give life to love. Showing that love will always be love even though it isn’t sung by a person who our parents used to play when we could barely pronounce the word love. Barely even give it a definition, now that we (hopefully) have experienced love one way or another. We can relate to artists around our era.

By: Thube Nkutha

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TRNSD Sound & STR WRD Present Bassment Sessions 04 Mix

Session 4


Chance The Rapper – I Am Very Very Lonely

Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz

Rockie Fresh – Thought About It

JABS – Roll Up (Prod. JTA & Téo)

SPZRKT – Blind Man

FKA Twigs – Give Up

Ty Dolla Sign – When I See Ya (Ft. Fetty Wap)

Bryson Tiller – Let Em’ Know

Future – Rich Sex

Tory Lanez – One Day

Ty Dolla Sign – Actress (Ft. R. Kelly)

The Weeknd – Wicked Games

11:11 – Henny & Gin

Stupid Genius – Clean (Ft. Tory Lanez)

SPZRKT & Sango – Hipster Girl

The Weeknd – Thursday

Tory Lanez – Honda Civic


Beyonce – No Angel

Rockie Fresh – Don’t Change

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What’s Your Vibe?

Often, it’s very easy to say that one is open to all genres of music, especially when your crush asks what type of music you’re into. I will refer to the crush in the feminine gender (i.e. as “she”). Please don’t take offense to this ladies – it is simply for the sake of convenience. Back to the story, now in that moment, there’s two ways you could answer her. The first option you have is to be brutally honest and say I am a hip hop fanatic through and through, for example.

No other genre even gets a listen which sucks when she tells you that she’s into jazz. Then your brownie points are lost ntwana, over some music? Lol it gets that serious, people really do love their music. If anything, it’s one of the greatest extensions you have of yourself (if you aren’t an artist) to have something you can relate with a person, and I’m not saying only artists let their music be an extension of themselves. What you listen to more often than not says a lot about you, so are we going to let music simply define you? (I am side tracking, sorry).

Now the second option you have would be the safer answer, which is to just say “everything.” Now when she starts digging deeper, hai, then she really want to know you. In itself, this isn’t a bad thing as now would be your chance to give your reasons as to why you listen the kind of music that you do.

Why not another genre? My only problem is when people put themselves in a box which really restricts their ears to what’s out there. There’s so much music to be heard, with reason. Usually the unknown is enticing only if you hear what entices you. How will you know if you wouldn’t be moved by it?

Here’s an example, for the hip-hop heads who vibe with “The Recipe” by Kendrick Lamar (ft. Dr. Dre), did y’all know that the hook was sampled from the song “Meet the Frownies” by indie band, Mr Twin Sisters? Kanye West is another great example, the heads would agree that he’s known for his insane sampling game. An all-time favorite of mine, “Through the Wire” which he sampled soul musician Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire.” The point I’m trying to make is that not even your favorite rapper subjects himself to one genre, they also know that the sounds out of their “box” demand to be heard.

One of my biggest life disappointments is that I will miss out on so much good music (excuse the pun), mainly because there is just so much to be heard. In our local nightlife scene, it’s become a norm with the DJ’s to stick to a repetitive sound which to me kinda feels they’re playing it safe, especially in Jo’burg. I’m not saying commercial music is wrong no, no but there is more to music than just “a banger.” Trap, the illegitimate spawn of hip-hop (as some would say) has become very popular over the past few years, but surely that isn’t all we know. Of course we need a dose of trap in a set, it’s cool to turn up after all but what would be really nice is to hear something different, something new, or the type of music you’d find on your Soundcloud playlists before the expected fire. There are better songs that people want to hear, but it’s always the safe route with those who “bless” us with their set, which they don’t even give us the second verse of our favorite songs.

I and Khanyi, who goes by DJ BASMNT, have compiled a fire playlist that we think would be really dope to hear out at a party. Lol it’s kind of subjective and if you wouldn’t want to hear it out well then fuck it. We threw in a few household names as well with trying to say “hearing this song would have been better than their best hit.” Fine, fine I get we all want to know the songs when are out so we don’t look “bad” for the people next to us but can we not care about that and be moved by music? Take out your phone, Shazam it and keep it moving. Besides, being “that guy” who knows the entire playlist will probably just get you a Noddy badge, and the title of being very festive.

By: Thube Khutha

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TRNSD Sound x STRWRD Present Bassment Sessions 1 Hour Special

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Bassment Sessions Artwork


  1. Tory Lanez – Traphouse (Feat. Nyce)
  2. PartyNextDoor – No Feelings (Feat. Travi$ Scott)
  3. Li Lords – Houston
  4. Drake – Madonna
  5. Little Dragon – Cat Rider
  6. Masego & Medasin – Girls That Dance
  7. SPTRKT – Gon Stay (Feat. Sampha)
  8. OkMalumKoolKat – Siyagunda (Ganja Remix)
  9. SBTRKT – New Dorp, New York (Feat. Ezra Koenig)
  10. KAYTRANADA – Leave Me Alone (Feat. Shay Lia)
  11. GoldLink – Spectrum
  12. N.E.R.D – Party People (Feat. T.I)
  13. KAYTRANADA – Go Ahead
  14. Disclosure – Hourglass (Feat. LION BABE)
  15. Henri Texier – Les La-Bas
  16. Wilough – See You Dance
  17. Jamie XX – All Under One Roof Raving
  18. Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck
  19. PartyNextDoor – Recognize (Feat. Drake)
  20. Childish Gambino – Worldstar
  21. Father – Fake AF
  22. A$AP Rocky – Electric Body
  23. Mac Miller – When In Rome
  24. Migos – Muh Fuckn Tired
  25. A$AP Ferg – New Level (Feat. Future)
  26. KYLE – Really? Yeah!