Czar Odriego, Down or What.

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CzAr ODriego is a 26 year old rapper who has built his brand through his music. He has made a name for himself in the Limpopo music industry while also managing to push boundaries beyond his home province.

He was part of the top 10 artists at Durex The One competition and has won a music video competition by Exposure Media Productions from which he got to film his first music video while also winning Best Solo artist of the year in the same year at the BEM LIMP Hop Awards. His list of accolades is extensive, here’s a little more about him and his latest single Down or What.

What inspired you to become a musician?

My past experiences inspired me to become a musician, from listening to Jazz, RnB and Opera music during my childhood to developing a love for Hip Hop as a teenager which was influenced by mu friends. I grew to see myself as a songwriter and poet in the past few years.

What makes your music unique?

I do not limit myself to specific genre or writing style, not even a specific language when creating music. I believe that music is a universal language which cannot be boxed or fully defined and categorised as much as the industry wants to. My music is unique because it comes from anything and can be inspired by the simplest things while also extending to what the naked eye cannot see. I always find a way to express myself and tell my story in any instance and never really care how it is received. Isn’t that what art really is?

What inspired your latest single, what’s the story behind Down or What?

I have been labelled as rebellious and egotistic, and many other things which I cannot keep up with. My name has been put through mud numerous times and all that negative energy has never managed to put me down. Down Or What is basically me talking to my fans and anyone that is listening. I want them to feel the energy which I radiate and ask them questions like, Besides all that’s been said, are you still riding for me? Do you still want me to drop more music? Are you still here for me?

What do you feel like this single contributes to the culture?

It is a statement that assures the many people that have always been there for me, it makes it clear that no one is ever going to stop me, I am never going to give up, I am going to get what’s meant for me no matter what obstacles I have to go through. Hip hop culture has always been a competitive and expressive field. This song proves that I am here to stay, I am always going to have my say and I will always do it my way because I am not a conformist, no one can measure my skills and put CzAr in a box!

Download Czar ODriego – Down or What (prod by) Afro 25

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Follow Czar on:

Instagram : CzArODriego
Facebook : CzAr ODriego
Twitter : @CzArBGF
SoundCloud : CzArODriego

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Underestimate Me Not.

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I intimidate
I threaten and throw you off your tracks
Blindsided by ego and a lack of respect
You never thought I had it in me to retaliate.
How could it be?
In your validated bravado, accolades and strength
Bested by quick wit and a brazen smile
Intelligence and a soul too deep
Your shallow mind could never read
The intricacies and nuances of higher knowledge
Only elevated thinking could acknowledge
There is more to me than this
There is more to me than this frame you see.
This skin, this hair
These hands and this flair
Behind the beauty and smile
Is a mind worth more than your while
You hold me to a limited stature
Of basic looks and flattering conjecture
Choosing to focus merely on what is seen.
What you perceive, assume and fill in
And ignore all that maketh me
But I am made of more than looks and simple thoughts
My creativity ebbs and flows like rivers into waterfalls
Psyche made of convolutions and depressions.
Surface deep has never left much of an impression
Understanding of the world with skin its harshness couldn’t peel
A wild spirit, a mixture of fire and feels
Sensitivity to heal, hear me; I am a woman
Interwoven with longing, jubilance and spontaneity
Poetry by Tamara Lesabe
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“This is poem is based on a woman in the creative industry, the assumptions that are placed on a woman by society, creatives and men. It is about being more than the physical and woman breaking barriers beyond their looks and what people have always expected to do. Doing away with the limitations put on woman because they do not believe that woman are capable of doing a “mans job”. Its also about exposing the beauty of the mind and creativity.” – Tamara Lesabe.
                                                                           Model: Palesa Williams.
Photographer: Ray Manzana.

November Gypsyy.

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November Gypsyy is an alternative creative who believes in creating art that moves the mind, body and soul. This prevously London based artist is ready to bring a fresh alternative take on R&B into the South Aftican Industry, here’s what you need to know about this creative on the move.

“I define myself as an alternative female creative. I was inspired to become an artist by an encounter I had with another artist Tyler, The Creator. It was my inspiring conversation with him where he told me to find my wings that led me to want to become a musician.

I make music that is timeless, that moves the body as well as the soul. I’d like to think that I’m quite unique in the way I express myself and my travelling experiences through my music. I take the listener on a journey with me.

I recently started an all female youtube show with another artist, which will ne a series where we discuss topics that pertain to the black woman. The show aims to empower black women to discuss topics that they may be otherwise scared to talk about.
I’m also working on shooting a music video for a song I recorded called “Proud”. The video will be out before the end of the year. New music is also something I’m actively working on creating, alongside my new website which will feature my entire catalogue as well as a blog where I will aim to review other indie artists (performances) and exclusive content.

I think the entertainment industry needs to be more bold and support independent artists who are on the rise within the South African music scene. Corporations like the SABC need to do more to discover and expose upcoming alternative independent artists.

I would encourage upcoming artists tob keep creating. We’re not in competition with each other, we’re here to compliment each other and to express ourselves in ways that different people can appreciate. We need to keep creating new and unique content that South Africans can relate to and keep inspiring the kids.” -November Gypsyy

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Follow November Gypsyy on:

Twitter: @november_gypsyy
Instagram: Itsgugu.                 Soundcloud: itsgugu