The future of hip hop is 22years old, short but certain. Oriiginelle is the name of the artist pushing boundries through music. Here’s what you need to know about this creative on the move.
“I try my best not to box myself into any kind of categories as a creative to be honest. I’d like to think I’m a free thinker and risk taker when it comes to the arts. Why not push boundaries? What’s the point of art if it’s the same and it’s safe?
What inspired me to go into music at a young age is the feeling I got each time good music was being played around me. The creativity behind it all. The layering of various vocals without words which somehow brought out different emotions. It was and still is absolutely mind blowing. Every time I make music, I try my hardest to remember that feeling I had the first time, and pass it onto the next person.
We all have very unique creative processes, I think the most common is the voice noting randomly on the road and being so impressed with yourself, you probably smile all day, haha.
But for me I’d say I’m much more creative when I’m alone because I get to think of the weirdest things and enjoy them, but I also think it’s the fact that I’m female and I tend to keep the guys on their toes with the music. They always look forward to what I have next because it’s always so different.
I’m currently working on about four projects, two joint tapes with Dante Lway (Musician from Swaziland) and two solo projects. I’ve completed one solo and the contribution I’d love for it to make to the culture is just to assure people that it’s really ok to be a creative and not be the typical creative people think you are when it comes to the matters of the heart. I’ve been told numerous times I’m a “savage” without savage traits but merely because I rap and add “scrrrt scrrrt” here and there you know, it’s quite annoying because you find yourself constantly trying to prove your innocence to people who have their minds set.
The other solo project is a combination of societal issues both in South Africa and Swaziland (which could get me arrested but we need to talk about these things as a nation), matters of the heart and free thinking really. I wanted it to be fun but at the same time tackle a few issues we can’t just sweep under the rug just because it’s groove time.
We really need to stop selling whack music and saying it’s dope just because we have a good following. It’s sad that talent doesn’t really mean much anymore. It’s the money and the following that speaks now, not art anymore. Can we create our own sounds and flourish the way we are supposed to. There is so much original talent in the South African music industry, so much versatility that the Western parts should actually bite our products, not the other way around. We have greater originality than most countries will ever have. Why not take advantage.
“My fellow upcoming creatives should remember that, you decided music is your dream so stick to it no matter how difficult it gets, and it will get difficult, no dream is easy to achieve. Step out of your comfort zone and be eager to learn more each day.” – Oriiginelle
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