RADIO 123: THE SOUTH AFRICAN GENRE MECHANICS

Radio123: Image by Malakai Saadiq
Street photographer Toka Hlongwane sat down for a neighbourhood chat with Smangaliso ‘Smash’ Mfula and Nyameko Nkondlwane, the duo behind Radio123, the creators of their very own Carrot Funk sound. 

Smangaliso ‘Smash’ Mfula and Nyameko Nkondlwane of Radio 123 are no rookies in the South African music industry. They first emerged on the scene with an outfit called Impande Core, a band that came out of Vosloorus in the early 2000s, and had the Johannesburg underground scene abuzz with their organic sound, dubbed Carrot Funk. Known as music for the earsight, this sound had club Zen’s dance floor feeling extra sticky every Sunday in Maboneng, downtown Johannesburg.