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‘No Witchcraft Formed Against Me Shall Prosper’ – Fifi Cooper

Exclusive interview with the First Lady of Motswako Fifi Cooper as she dispels all the rumours and alleged beef between the female rap fratenity.



Fifi Cooper has been one of the most consistent female rapper for the better half of last year, churning out hit after hit so effortlessly. It came as no surprise when she was tagged for AKA’s smash hit Baddest Remix which featured arguably the most relevant female hip hop artists in the country at the time. No shade intended! Real name Refilwe Precious Mooketsi bares the burden of being the First Lady of Motswako, a genre that has given birth to Mzansi’s hip hop greats of late. We managed to chain her down for an interview where she revealed that her debut album 201FIFI will be certified platinum come hell or high water. Dive in!

QuenchSA: You were in an accident recently and you said ‘baloyi’ targeted you. Does your belief in witchcraft stretch beyond sarcastic humour?

Fifi Cooper: I don’t believe in that because I’m one person that prays and believes in God, but the North West people will understand that because we joke about it. It’s not taken literally.

QuenchSA: You are considered as the First Lady of Motswako. How important is your presence to the genre?

Fifi: As far as I know I’m the only female rapper doing Motswako. We only have the Kings, your Casspers, HHP, Khulis and I feel like with the title I deserve it because I’m the only female representing where we come from because Motswako originally comes from the North West, in Mahikeng.fifi-coooperQuenchSA: Your success as a female rapper has been without the added influence of ‘sex appeal’. Is that by design?

Fifi:  I grew up around boys, I have two brothers and being the last born I always around boys so showing skin is not something I’m used to. I grew up being comfortable wearing baggy jeans and loose tops, that’s just who I am. Originality is everything! Showing skin has a lot of disadvantages, if you are an upcoming artist who is scantily clad people will focus on your body more than your craft.

QuenchSA: It is an inextricable quality in hip hop universally to pit female emcees against one another. Is the battle to be recognized as the best femcee in the land part of your agenda?

Fifi: No! I avoid such things because I know how girls are as much as I’m a girl. I know that girls will always want to compete. Beefs and cat fights are just a waste of time because I have bigger dreams and I still want to go places. Its better for me to use my time to push my brand than fighting with people.

QuenchSA: Was the Baddest Remix representative of the best femcees in South  Africa?

Fifi: Not really! I didn’t take it like that. For me it was a huge step forward in my career, it was something I didn’t expect, I took it as ‘I’m actually being recognized out here and its not about being the best’. If you listen to my verse on that song, I’m actually quite chilled. Everyone came prepared, I was the only one who wrote their verse in the studio and I didn’t even feel the pressure because for me it wasn’t a competition. I just had fun with it.

QuenchSA: Has the success of female rappers in recent years leveled the playing field somewhat?

Fifi: To be honest the female rapper rally started really growing in 2015 and that’s when people started knowing my name. I feel like I’ve been the hardest working female rapper in the country in like I don’t know how many years. It is leveling because we also getting the same love as male rappers are getting. Its no longer male dominated, there’s a lot of female rappers who are doing so well, bringing in quality.

QuenchSA: Is your album’s success indicative of your crossover effect, transcending language barriers?

Fifi: I think the fact that the album is doing so good it can only show that the support is not only coming from home, its coming from all over the country. I can see even in my performances, when I got to Cape Town people sing along to my songs, when I go to Durban its the same thing.

QuenchSA: Do sale figures determine the success or failure of your first offering?

Fifi: It needs to be a successful album, its the first album and I worked hard on it. We still pushing the album, I’m a big dreamer and I believe that no matter how long it takes we going to reach gold and we are going to reach platinum. That’s just the way it is.

20fifi- fifi coooperQuenchSA: What wouldn’t Fifi fans find on the internet about you?

Fifi: They would definitely not find anything about my personal life, stuff like my relationships, my daily routine, I love being private. I want my personal life to remain private as much as my public side of things to be public.

QuenchSA: Does it get annoying to constantly be drawn to the whole female hip hop emcee debate?

Fifi: It’s actually annoying because if I had to choose between being called a female emcee or being called an emcee I’d prefer to be called an emcee because I don’t understand why we have to have that tag…I look at myself as a rapper.

QuenchSA: Who do you look up to in the industry?

Fifi: I look up to everyone who is working hard. If you work hard, it will show. Obviously hard work pays off. Hard work is what inspires me.

QuenchSA: Are you planning to have a public beef  with someone? Its worked for some people?

Fifi: No! You don’t plan that, it is something you don’t plan, if it just happens then it happens.

QuenchSA: What does 2016 hold for Fifi Cooper?

Fifi: I’m actually planning a lot of things, I’m still going to push my album, I’m looking at more international features, more videos are going to drop. Presenting is also one of the things I really love doing and I’m looking at that this year, I’ve been going to auditions so watch this space.


Khaya Dladla Gets On The Hunt For His Biggest Fan!



Khaya Dladla

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.


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.

Khaya Dladla
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!


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



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



Kat La Kat

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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