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5 Artists That Prove Kwaito Is Back On Top In 2018

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The topic of kwaito as a genre that long lost its commercial viability and influence has remained one of the most fascinating – albeit highly contested – conversations in the culture.

And it’s unsurprising.

The genre went from being the voice of the youth, the catalyst for the expression of post Apartheid black identity, as well as the most popular sound in the streets and on the radio, to being damn near obsolete.

It appeared, for the most part, that the whole kwaito wave had been eroded by the rise of Hip Hop. Zola, Kabelo and Brown Dash were now replaced by AKA, Cassper and K.O. Pantsula gear lost its coolness as sneakers became the new definitive garb in the youth ecosystem.

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The debate was not cut and dry, though, of course; Local Hip Hop itself was seen and received through the most attentive ears as an extension of kwaito itself, especially as artists like K.O and his Cashtime fraternity blended kwaito influences with Hip Hop to produce the pioneering Skhanda sound.

While the scope of these discussions far exceeds the intentions of this article, we’ve banged out five fire songs proving that new school artists are reviving the genre back to its glory.

KWESTA  – VUR VAI 

Kwesta is arguably the biggest rapper in the country at the moment… if sales are anything to go by. On Tuesday, he proved he’s not slowing down anytime soon when he premiered his latest single, Vur Vai, scoring his latest iTunes #1 within hours of release.

The mid-tempo kwaito flavoured track continues down the path of the gradual revival of kwaito through the emergence of successful rappers like Kwesta, whose most celebrated catalogue consists of chart-topping kwaito bops.

CASSPER – GETS GETSA 2.o

Amongst those was Ngud’, which featured one of Cassper’s most popular verses. Cassper recently unleashed his very own kwaito jam. Gets Getsa 2.0 revisits the most crucial aspects of Doc Shebeleza’s Gets Getsa, which was on high rotation in the early 90s. The song is set to be the first single off his upcoming album, which he’s teased to be a total return to kwaito, where he says he’s in his real element.

KID X –  THANK DA KING 

Kid X debuted his 26 track Thank Da King album last week Friday, and the kwaito influences weave the album together as a cohesive project. Kid X has proven his love for kwaito and its authentically ‘kasi’ aesthetic through the years, which we first saw him rock back in the Cashtime days.

After the Skhanda wave went through a metamorphosis following the demise of that music crew, he continued refining the sound, finding the right harmony between kwaito and Hip Hop.

MOOZLIE – VATEL 

Like Cassper, Moozlie has oscillated between her urban Hip Hop and township dichotomies in her music for years. There’s the north Hip Hop sound and aesthetic she embraces on certain songs and their accompanying visuals. She dove further into this sound following her infamous departure from Cashtime, after which she pursued her Skhanda Queen title with less conviction.

The release of Vatel, which appears on her latest album Victory, marked her return to her roots. The Benoni bred rapper lays down formidable verses in vernac and township slang. In it she celebrates where she comes from, which continues as a sonic and lyrical theme on Victory.

DARKIE FICTION

The Cape Town bred kwaito duo left the Mother City to pursue their dreams. After establishing themselves and dropping an EP that we really enjoyed, rapper Katt Daddy and singer Yoza Mnyand got featured by Apple Music as part of their New Artist Spotlight feature last month. You’ve got to take a moment to check out their Sobabini: A New Mzantsi Evolution  EP, though.

Let us know what you think by scrolling down and leaving your comments!

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Inside Zahara’s 5 Months Of Sobriety

Zahara has opened up about her 5 months without alcohol, saying she now wants to shine the spotlight on the mental health of local artists, who’d rather “destroy themselves” than face record labels.

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It’s been 5 months since Zahara has consumed any alcohol.

The Afro-Pop songbird revealed to TshisaLive that she decided to quit after “one night I finished a whole bottle of wine by myself.”

This personal milestone attends to negative portrayals of the singer, who’s had to fight persistent reports of a drinking problem that is out of control. It’s a reputation she’s keen to challenge. “I want to show people that those stories aren’t true.”

It’s also a reputation, says the singer, that has been engineered to undermine her credibility amid her fight for album royalties.

READ: EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT DJ SBU’S NIPSEY HUSSLE SPEECH 

Her breakthrough moment, however, happened last year in October, when her mother and sister fasted in prayer as a means to intervene. She hasn’t had any since then, and doesn’t miss it.

The 30 year old afro-soul songstress has recently detailed rough patches she’s endured in recent months, most of which are related to the alleged heated disputes between her and her previous labels.

ALBUM REVIEW: ZAHARA – COUNTRY GIRL 

“I won’t be a statistic, I want my money”, says Zahara in a new Instagram post, in which she also gives out her personal mobile number. Repurposing lyrics from her hit single, Umthwalo (My baggage), she went on to clarify that the account was not hacked. Instead, she’s decided to use her platfom to expose unspoken realities in the music industry.

Speaking to IOL Entertainment, Zahara said she’s adamant to be heard.

“Some of my peers are suffering from depression, some have thrown themselves into drug abuse, others into the arms of men simply because they are afraid of admitting that they have no money, because the record labels are not paying us”, says the Loliwe hitmaker.

Zahara also said that she’s now pursuing legal action for said album royalties.

 

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Nasty C Opens The Industry With ‘Lift As You Rise’

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Nasty C, Tellaman, Rowlene for Lift As You Rise

More and more of Mzansi’s hip-hop artists are climbing the ladder of success with the support and mentorship of hip-hop collectives.

This phenomenon brings to life a gripping narrative that the local hip-hop space is overloaded with inherent quality and talent. With this in mind, Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records have joined forces to form Lift As You Rise; a music project that is aimed at uplifting artists across South Africa and subsequently catapults them into success.

Made up of unstoppable forces Nasty C, Tellaman, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Lastee and Zino D, the Lift As You Rise project will see these artists come together to produce multiple open tracks.

These tracks will incorporate verses from the collective artists, excluding 16 bars that will allow Mzansi’s aspiring artists to add their verses and subsequently completing the tracks. As a result, SA’s budding musicians can contribute to the songs and add their parts so as to complete the tracks.

The musicians will then need to upload their tracks onto their respective social media platforms with the correct tags.

Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records will then select the best artists. Successful artists will get an opportunity to go into the Red Bull Music Recording Studios in Cape Town where songs will be recorded culminating in complete tracks released to the public.

“A much-undervalued part of the music industry is collaboration, especially in the world of fresh and independent hip-hop artists,” Nasty C comments.

“At the moment, our music culture in SA is becoming more and more open to sharing and collaborating and this is the culture the Lift As You Rise project looks to achieve. This is the era where budding artists need to catch up with the understanding that they must collaborate to take their gift one step further.”

Rowlene adds, “Collaboration is the biggest uplifting force driving music today. To young and upcoming artists looking to project their talents onto a bigger audience, the Lift As You Rise project is the powerful stepping stone.”

For more information on the Lift As You Rise project, visit http://redbull.co.za/lift-as-you-rise

 

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming Doccie To Premiere on Netflix

Beyonce’s Coachella documentary is coming to Netflix

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Beyoncé has premiered the first look into her looming documentary, and the streets are shaken.

The promo for ‘Homecoming‘ landed on the internet on Monday. The South African beyhive is in for a treat as the documentary will surface on Netflix, April 17th.

The picture is set to chronicle the journey to one of Beyoncé’s most iconic performances – Beychella.

The doccie will feature the actual performance – which means you can now stop scouring the internet for that pixelated footage obtained from the live stream – as well behind the scenes preparations for the critically lauded show.

The piece is said to offer an “intimate, in-depth look” at the concert, revealing “the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement,” Netflix said.

Will you be streaming this one? Join the conversations in the comments section below, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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