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AKA: A Tight Radius

Supermega, that most Jozi of Jozi rappers, was born in Cape Town, which makes him even more Joburg! He drops some bars on African consciousness, political awareness and that dope-ass Total in Bryanston. By Hagen Engler [This piece first appeared in The Note at the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender […]


Sound And The City

  The generations of migrants who came from across Africa to seek their fortune in Johannesburg, the City Of Gold, also brought musical gifts that have been synthesised, alloyed and polished, forging a unique culture of sound that has done much to shape the city itself. By Hagen Engler [This […]


Black Coffee: Pieces Of Him…

The South African music icon takes a break from his world tour to chat about music as science, coming from a place of purity, and being African without trying too hard. By Hagen Engler [This interview appeared in the Red Bull Note at the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender Festival […]

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Prophets Of Rage

The new activist supergroup featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy, B Real of Cypress Hill and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine…

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Books that built me

  Hagen Engler, author of In The Maid’s Room, lists some of his most bizarre influences. [This piece appeared in the Sunday Times.] I’m most satisfied with my writing when I’m a bit nervous about it. When I’m not sure how it will be received. It might be an experiment […]

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In The Maid’s Room – Hagen Engler

How to be white when you’re no longer centre of attention? When you no longer even matter? How to be white when everyone’s patience runs out? These existential questions are addressed in Hagen Engler’s third novel, the satirical farce In The Maid’s Room. Other crucial learnings are how to buy […]

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