James Browning


From Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, emerges The Joy, an a cappella group that has captured hearts globally with their soulful harmonies and rich cultural roots. The five members — Pastor (Ntokozo Bright Magcaba), Duzie (Melokuhle Mkhungo), Guduza (Sphelele Hlophe), Sthombe (Phelelani Sithole), and Marcus (Sanele Ngcobo) — came together during a choir practice at Sikhethuxolo High School. We spoke to the band last Friday, the release day of their new self-titled album.

King Kind is a versatile funk rock group that has been making themselves a regular name on event posters around Stellenbosch and Cape Town. This month marks two years since the band’s inaugural performance at the first And I market in May of 2021. Since then, they’ve been steadily crossing stages off their to-do list, performing at events like Foul Play and the Baked Shakespeare market.

Humewood is a relaxing 15-minute stretch on a waterbed of strings and keys. The set of six tracks is the second EP by Cape Town’s Courtsyde, who started releasing music in 2021. Their work has ranged from melting lo-fi and sparkling synths to more driven numbers that foreground the percussion. But across the board, the songs are smooth as peanut butter with a sound that’s equally vicious.