New South African Music
The photographer Chris Saunders has documented the South African music scenes for a long time. Check out his colourful photo series of some of the country's most upcoming electronic music artists. From the Norient book Seismographic Sounds (see and order here).
I have documented South African music scenes for a few years now. Because we had musical pioneers and because we now have the Internet, these scenes are exploding: more and more artists are starting to get international recognition. My small selection, photographed over a few years, shows some of the diversity in the scene. You can find pictures of anyone from Invizable, who started off as a producer for Gazelle (see interview here), to Spoko, the originator of the Bacardi house sound and now part of the world-touring Fantasma with Spoke Mathambo, to a portrait of Nozinja, the now Warp Records-signed pioneer of Shangaan Electro (see portrait here). Music is reflective of the richness of the soul of South Africa. It is our way of telling our stories.
Norient Keyphrase: Digitalization
Niche positions are amplified via YouTube, SoundCloud and social media. Underground musicians, queer artists and native aliens connect online, create safe spaces, empower each other and try to write the history of our time.