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Patty Monroe Speaks On Taking Her Music Around The World

QuenchSA.com spoke to rap sensation Miss Patty Monroe about her music career, her debut album plus what Women’s month means to her.

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Women’s month would not be complete without shinning the spotlight on the ladies breaking ground in their respecitve fields. 21 year old from Cape Town, Miss Patty Monroe is one such artist breaking the glass ceiling, who despite her age and length in the music industry has managed to create a sound couple with relatable messages that transcends national borders. We spoke to real name Megan Steenkamp to discuss her growth in the SA hip hop scene, her expansion across Africa and beyond and her feature in the all-female Lefemme Remix of Now Or Never.

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QuenchSA: Where does the rap moniker Miss Patty Monroe emanate from?


Patty Monroe: Patty was the first nickname I got when I was in high school and Monroe come from the whole scarlet, vintage vibe in the 40’s-60’s. I figured the word Monroe sums it up pretty nicely.


QuenchSA: When did you first realize that music is what you wanted to do for a living?


Patty Monroe: When I performed for the first time. That feeling I got, was something I didn’t ever want to let go of. Only later did I discover I could actually make money from it.


QuenchSA: Your brand is recognized throughout the African continent. Was that a premeditated strategy?


Patty Monroe: I always knew that it was bound to happen one da. I just didn’t know when. I pictured myself taking over Africa first as my home, and then venturing out into the world. Luckily my music is available online and can be streamed and bought without me even stepping foot into the country. The fact that most of my traffic comes from the U.S. And Europe still baffels me.
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Patty Monroe repping the Mzansi flag out in Kenyan radio station. Slay Gurl !


QuenchSA: Crossing the border in terms of your audience base at such a stage of your career bodes well for the future. When will you ultimately say ‘I’ve made it’?

Patty Monroe: When I can log out of my social media accounts and just disappear (laughs) truth be told, I’m doing this for financial freedom for my family and my continent. I don’t know if I’ll ever think I made it. I’ll be too busy trying to think of my next move, and how we can grow together.


QuenchSA: You have focused more on your spoken word (rhymes) rather than using your sexual appeal like most femcees. Why is that?


Patty Monroe: We are still calling female rappers femcees and not just rapper or emcee. I’m an artist with a vision and my perspective has a feminine flavour to it, yes. That is why it is so special, but there is more to life than just titts and ass. Let’s shift our minds to a bigger picture.


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QuenchSA: When can we expect you highly anticipated drop of your debut album?


Patty Monroe: Summer 2016.


QuenchSA: Is collaborating  with artists from all over the continent on your album part of your plan?


Patty Monroe: Of course it is! My album will definitely reflect my journey and what I have learnt and implemented into my life. I’m already thinking about my next one for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaHbVCicqMU


QuenchSA: August is recognized as Women’s month. Does this tag have any personal significance to you?


Patty Monroe: This month has been really good to me. It gives females a chance to be showcased as the beautiful queens we are. Stunning creatures with so much compassion and spunk. I love it!


QuenchSA: What are the challenges of maintaining prominence and relevance in the SA hip hop scene you’ve personally experienced?


Patty Monroe: Nothing really just yet… I’ve only seriously been pushing for about 20 months now. I know it’s still early days.


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QuenchSA: You are part of the all-female remix of Now Or Never. How was that experience?


Patty Monroe: History in the making.


QuenchSA: What can your fans expect from you in the immediate future?


Patty Monroe: My new single titledCastles produced by Ameen Haron, good music and exquisite visuals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5yOHFux8rA

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Khaya Dladla Gets On The Hunt For His Biggest Fan!

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The debut season of Tropika Smoooth Fan is here and this week, Khaya Dladla is the first celebrity to put his biggest fans to the test as they compete to prove they are the star’s smooothest fan.

Khaya has gained a massive following over the years thanks to his performance on the popular SABC 1 drama Uzalo.

His love for entertainment started when he was a child and developed after his parents sent him to drama classes from the age of 15.

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The star enjoyed all facets of performance and later became a backing vocalist for musicians such as Hugh Masikela and Thandiswa Mazwai. Today, he stars as G.C.

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This week, four die-hard celebrity fans will compete in various interactive games in the hopes of being crowned Khaya’s smooothest fan. The winner will make it to the semi-finals where they will compete against the smooothest fans of the other celebrity contestants where, after another round of games, the two top contestants will go head to head in the final to win R250 000 cash and a Honda Amaze!

KHAYA DLADLA 

What attracted you to a show like Tropika Smoooth Fan?

Firstly, it was the opportunity to interact with my fans. I hardly get that because of the schedules we have on ‘Uzalo’. More than that, it was growth. I wanted people to get to know me instead of my character. And, the fact that its a Tropika game show makes me so happy because the brand feels like an old friend to me.

Why do you think it is important to recognize the fanbase who has been by your side throughout your career?

It’s simple – we are because they are. The more likes we get on social media, the more followers we get on social media and the impact we have makes us feel like we make a difference. It puts a ‘label’ to who we are and the relevance. I feel like it’s very important to recognize our fanbase because they are like our ‘hype people’. Our fans help build our brands through the love they send. As an entertainer, you have an audience listening so it’s important to give them recognition as well.

Why do you think so many people around the country identify with you and your work?

Firstly, authenticity is important. I try to be as real as possible. Even on ‘Uzalo’ I try to resemble a character that someone has met before because we want to tell real stories. The little mannerisms and the characterisations of what I do is relatable and, as performers, that’s our ultimate goal. I am also super critical of my own work and I think my fans see that I put my heart and soul into every performance.

What do you hope your fans get out of watching you on this week’s episode of Tropika Smoooth Fan?

I hope my fans get to know the real me. There is more to me than G.C. and, at some point, the G.C. brand overpowered my name. I had to go back to the drawing board and remind people who Khaya Dladla really is and Tropika Smoooth Fan will certainly help me do that. Apart from that, I am looking forward to having fun with my fans. I mean, that’s what the show is about – a fun, interactive show where I get to interact with my biggest fans.

What was the biggest lesson your fans taught you about your career?

My fans have taught me many important lessons over my career. They taught me humility and to always be as real as possible. I think that is something that has helped so many people relate to both my and my character on ‘Uzalo’.

Tell us something your fans might not know about you?

I run a lot of CSI projects and I do a lot of charity work. It’s something I keep to myself because I don’t want people to think I am doing it for media attention. I feed an old age home and also do my best to support a group of orphans who are close to my heart. Also, I have been learning how to DJ and I am working on a different concept on how to launch myself as that.

Can you share an instance where a fan has changed your life in some way?

I have had both positive and negative interactions with fans which has changed my life in some way Once, a fan hugged me, spun me around and stuck his tongue in my mouth. That was the first time I cried from a fan interaction. It really shook me. Then, on a positive note, I had an interaction with a fan who got so excited to see me that she had an asthma attack. I stayed by her and waited for the ambulance to arrive and afterwards, I asked to have a chat with her. I realised how easily people look to celebrities for motivation and I knew that I wanted to use my fame to inspire people.

What’s can fans expect from you in the coming months?

A lot! I have been working on my music for over a year now. I come from musical theatre so I am excited to show the country that side of me. I have also joined Gagasi FM as a presenter which I am really excited about. Apart from that, fans can expect more music, more gigs and more exciting collaborations.

Want to be a contestant on the show? Simply buy a Smoooth Fan-branded Tropika at your nearest store, find your unique code and follow the on-pack USSD instructions for your chance to prove you’re the smooothest fan on live television.

Fans also stand to win amazing prizes by snapping a selfie of themselves with a Smoooth Fan branded Tropika, and Whatsapping the image to 071 605 1503 live during the show between 18:00 and 18:30 every Friday.

Catch Tropika Smoooth Fan every Friday at 18:00 on SABC 1.

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Sir LSG: Perfection Matters – Not So Much The Accolades – Interview

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Select Sessions Sir LSG

The way Sir LSG approaches music is microscopic. He takes all these elements – tiny sounds that don’t typically register to an ear that isn’t technically sharpened to detect and achieve sonic balance – very seriously. He’s also a perfectionist, which meant finishing his much-celebrated album, Moving Circles, was no easy feat.

We had the privilege of hearing from the man ahead of his set at Play Sessions in Braamfontein this Thursday, September 6th.

You started out studying electrical engineer before a passion for records and music took over. Tell us about your record collection?

I started collecting records right at the beginning of my first year at WITS, and in hindsight, engineering was never really going to work well for me. My record collection is quite small, because in 2006 when I started playing, CDs were becoming popular in the clubs. My friends and I would share records when we had a gig, to assist with the limited range.

Your mentor was/is DJ Christos, “The Godfather of House” and one of South Africa’s most respected house producers. Tell us how his work inspires you?

I met DJ Christos back in 2008 at an SAMC conference, when I had just won the DJ competition for the conference, and Chris took me under his wing. For a few months I would travel with him to his gigs and he would give me his last 15 – 20 minutes of his sets. It meant a lot to be able to travel with one of our country’s house music icons – I can never be grateful enough for those moments.

Your “Sax In The City” soulful house mix reached the second spot on Traxsource’s top singles chart in 2011, and in 2014 they voted you at Number 20 on the Top 100 Afro House Producers of the year. Tell us how these accolades helped define your career?

It’s always nice to see my releases reach charts on Traxsource because globally they are the leading House Music store. But those accolades don’t really mean much, I’m only happy and grateful that there are people out there who enjoy the music I make.

You’ve worked alongside global and local acts, such as Ralf GUM and R&B singer/songwriter Brian Temba. Who has been your favourite collaboration to date and why?

The most important thing for me when working with other artists is to really have a “vibe”. As soon as musicians “vibe” you’ll hear it in their music. I always enjoy working with Ralf Gum and Thandi Ntuli because they are the two people I spend a lot of studio time with.

What can people expect from your Select Sessions gig on 6th September at PUMA?

Expect nothing but solid soulful house music. See you on the dance floor.

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Deep House Ace Kat La Kat Is Not Chasing The Wave – Interview

Kat La Kat takes us through his approach to House music as he preps a set at the looming PUMA Select Sessions

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If you’ve had the privilege of enjoying Kat La Kat’s abstract and organic sets, you would appreciate his technical showmanship and the clear fact that he loves music. The house music DJ prefers diving into his enriched pool of vast house offerings than merely amplifying popular sounds.  We got him to delve a bit deeper into his creative processes in this Q and A.

You’re known for your Deep Vibes mix series, which has a cult following. How did this first come about?

I felt the need to put out tracks that wouldn’t generally be heard in clubs in my area at the time, a sound that was a bit more dark and less catchy. Stuff people would say is too calm, too deep, too underground to play in front of a crowd, so I decided to create a mix series that one can indulge in their own space, with no pressure to make people dance.

You’ve played in nightclubs in and around Pretoria and Johannesburg for more than a decade now. Any advice for aspiring DJs and producers?

Trust your taste! A lot tend to follow what works for other artists and they struggle with consistency because it was never really their taste. Do you and do you good …the rest will fall in place

You’re experimental, use mixing techniques and like to take people on a journey with your deep house sets. What’s a sound you’re loving right now?

I dig deep tech house and quite a few local producers are putting out some awesome sounds.

You’ve been producing your own music since 2006. How has the local house music scene developed since then and where do you think it’s going?

I think it has developed in a very good way, we’ve always had the groove but we lacked sonic quality and little technical stuff that goes into a production. Guys are making the effort to have their tunes professionally mixed and mastered and that’s a step in the right direction.

What can people expect from your Select Sessions gig on 6th September at PUMA?

A Kat La Kat experience, you need to hear it to know what I’m talking about! You can expect the unexpected.

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