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US DJ Super Nova Eyes Local Decks & Talks South African Hip Hop

Soon after landing, US Hip Hop DJ Super Nova took a moment to chat to QuenchSA.com about what fans can expect from his shows in the country, his thoughts on SA Hip Hop and more.

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Internationally renowned Hip Hop Dj  Super Nova will be taking to the decks at events across South Africa through out October. The New York native took a moment to talk to QuenchSA.com about his relationship with Mzansi, what he is bringing with on this tour and his plans for new music.

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QuenchSA: Welcome back to South Africa! What keeps bringing you back to here?

Super Nova: (Laughs) The first time I came here was in July of 2011, I went to Grahamstown. During that time, I kind of found my way into a club and deejayed with The Naked DJ and Lulo Cafè. I kept in contact with the Naked DJ and he allowed me to be part of the Audiogasm show (on Metro FM), which had me providing mixes bi-monthly and then bi-weekly. So I was slowly building a fan base. I wanted to come here to see what the scene was like. That happened last year February and I stayed for 10 days.

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Dj Super Nova’s hook up with Lulo Cafe and the Naked DJ cemented his South African appeal

It’s always good to go somewhere new with a new culture and get some new experience. From that very first trip I was very motivated to become a better Dj. The purpose of these trips is to put the face to the sound. A lot of people know who I am, but they don’t know what I look like and my personality. Also, I really fell in love with the culture and the music here. The Hip Hop scene here seems to continue to grow. I came here last year…Cassper went platinum, AKA did shows overseas and there’s a lot new artists coming up now. It’s like a breath of fresh air for me because in the US, there are many scenes that can be quite repetitive.

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The New York native juggles, but his heart is on the decks

QuenchSA: Being on Metro FM, amongst other things, has introduced you to audiences in South Africa. How does if feel like being celebrated in another country? 

Super Nova: It feels great. At the end of the day, I believe that music is the biggest language in the world. If I can find ways to be creative and priovide sounds that are different from the DJs here…people will understand that and people care that, ‘Wow this guy from the States really understands and plays our music, but also mixes in the international Hip Hop that they know as well!’

QuenchSA: You’ve seen the best of New York and South Africa, in terms of the Hip Hop scene. What are the differences? 

I was born in the Bronx. I grew up there until I was 18 and then went to college. New York is a very fast paced city, it’s the fastest city in the world. There’s always this hustle mentality, having to do things quick. I think here, it’s all about the vibe. The music here is feel good music. It’s all about – ‘how do we celebrate and enjoy life?’, whereas the music in New York is all about, ‘How do we make more money?’…

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Dj Super Nova is no stranger to the South African Hip Hop scene

QuenchSA: Still on your upbringing, tell us about that moment when it clicked on you that music is what you want to do?

Super Nova: The love for deejaying started when I was in college. I honestly just picked it up as a hobby and slowly but surely I ended doing bigger gigs, throwing my own concerts at the university. There just came a point where I thought ‘Hey, I can really make a career out of this’.

QuenchSA: And if you were not a DJ, what else would you have been?

Super Nova: A computer engineer, that’s what I was in school for.

QuenchSA: You’ve toured other countries as well, and you’ve said you love how music bridges cultures. Is that why you travel a lot?

Super Nova: Yes, I think there more you travel, the more you learn. And it will make me a better Dj at the end of the day. If I did a gig where the majority of the people were South African, then I would know how to take care of them in a party because I have been here a few times. Or, being from the Bronx in New York you listen to Latin, Hip Hop, Raggae, Dancehall etc…so if I’m in an event that has  people from Jamaica, Trinidad or Tobago then I will know how to please that crowd. There shouldn’t be that limit to what you learn. I can play EDM, I can play Top 40 but I can also play Hip Hop and real urban Hip Hop from different parts of the world because of the travelling.

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QuenchSA: Which South African rapper(s) are you enjoying the most at the moment?

I enjoy a lot of rappers at the moment. I think there’s a lot more versitality in here. The funny thing is that the first rapper I met was Cassper last year and this was when he had Gusheshe and Doc Shebeleza out. And the next day after the show that we did together, we spent the whole day together so we got to learn each other’s stories. I think Kwesta is an amazing artist, he is a great lyricist. On top of that, he has this supreme confidence that you can hear when he raps. There’s a bunch of people…I think K.O, the whole Cashtime Family is cool…

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QuenchSA: What can be expected from the tour?

In terms of me deejaying at the events, people can expect a lot of high energy. I like interacting with the people. So I’m gonna say one of the lines and want the audience to finish the other line. New York is about high energy, so that’s what I like to bring to my fans. In terms of music, I’m working on releasing my own songs. Not me as an artist, but almost like how how Dj Khaled composes music… I want to use US and South African artists. This is the big picture…a lot of Africans come to the States and they can’t connect with the African Americans because of what the media portrays. And a lot of African Americans don’t even consider coming to Africa at all, because they don’t know any better. They think people still live in huts and things like that.

QuenchSA: What’s the one thing people won’t find about you on Google?

Super Nova: Erm…I’m from the Dominican Republic. People might not know that, they might think I’m black American.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

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Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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