VXraw regards his music as an ode to the misfits of the world and shares his latest project ‘Caps Lock’.

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Born in the heart of our Mother City, Cape Town, musician VXraw was brought straight home to the lower middle class part of the Northern Suburbs, where he was raised and sculpted into a curious and creative young teen. He sought to find his identity by socialising in all kinds of circles and meeting people from different walks of life and that is what informs his music and sound today.

When did you start making music?

Well the short answer is around late 2017, However, from the young age of 7 (around 2005). After being intoxicated by the Hip Hop scene and old Punk Rock music. I decided I was going to become a musician or at least be involved in the musical process. So around the age of 14 , without any training or lessons, I decided to try out beat making, which was my first step into the world of sound. Throughout high school I would continuously try producing different genres of beats (from Psy-Trance to Festival Trap). Once I graduated high school I went on to study at Cape Audio College eventually graduating with my 3 year degree in Sound Engineering . But as mentioned before, it was 2017 that I first projected my voice into a microphone with the intent of releasing it to the public.

Who are you making music for?

I make music for the people who feel they belong to no social group or don’t fit into any status quo. I speak for those who feel ignored by society and are angered by the commercial garbage being shoved down their throats. I’m a misfit in the South African Hip Hop scene , so I figured I was made to cater to the misfits of the world.

What inspires you to make music?

Unlike most artists I don’t try to hide my influences. Hearing a new track that goes hard from any artist that I’m keeping an eye on motivates me to make even more music and experiment with different sounds and energies. I can’t go without saying the lifestyle I live definitely reflects in my music. Hip Hop (Especially Trap) is a very hostile and drug-filled culture at the moment, and I don’t hide my struggle with anxiety and substance abuse (mostly Weed and Xanax). Neither do I hide the fact that my anxiety causes me to be on edge. All these emotions and influences inspires my sound and inspires me to keep living and tell my story no matter how trashy it may sound, because I know these kids can resonate with my music, because we are “these kids”.

What is the name of your upcoming project dropping this week and what inspired it?

The name of my first official mixtape is ‘Caps Lock’. My energy while creating it was inspired by the fustration of this quarentine and all the wrong this world is currently being filled with, at one point I felt like I was thinking in ALL CAPS which impulsively led me to naming the project ‘Caps Lock’.

This project isn’t what the world needs… it’s what the world deserves. Distorting bass, vulgar lyrics and mindless energetic adlips. THIS IS WHAT 2020 SOUNDS LIKE. This tape will have all the commercial sheep breaking their necks, rolling their eyes or starring in disgust, and that somehow brings me joy.

Caps Lock mixtape pre-save link for ALL platforms :

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/vxraw/caps-lock-2

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Connect with VXraw on:

Instagram: @vxrawofficial

Twitter: @VXraw

Soundcloud: VXraw

Hanwah on music as emotional exploration and her upcoming EP as a love letter to her inner child.

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UK born artist Hanwah, is multi-disciplinary artist and producer currently living in Eswatini. Her fusion of jazz sounds coupled with her masterful use of the keyboard and vocals make her a sonic genius. A Hanwah J performance is hypnotic and enduces a healing trance state which we got to witness at our 2019 Creative Union event at Botaki Ba Afrika. She shares her journey in music with us.

How do you define yourself as a musician and what inspired you to become one?

My musical expression is often an emotional exploration, I use it as a therapy and to better understand myself. I also use it to remind myself of my power and potential. I was blessed to be nurtured in music as a child and I grew up singing jazz in restaurants with my dad who is a jazz pianist.

What makes your music unique?

Although I wouldn’t call myself a Jazz artist, I always pay homage to that foundation, and fuse it with whatever is resonating with me at the time. I have such a broad sphere of influence so its quite hard to catorgarise my productions.

What inspired your latest project and what do you want people to take from it?

Recent events in my life opened a channel for some inner child work and in doing so I learned to hold those parts of myself that where abandoned in youth. My upcoming EP, entitiled “I Love You Little Witch” is a love letter to my inner child. It narrates her journey through relationships with herself and others, from naive infatuation, to destructive love, self love and ultimately to abundant love. I am releasing each track month by month until October in collaboration with some incredible visual artists. I hope that people watching and listening feel apart of the journey, and love the Little Witch as much as I am learning to! I also hope that it inspires people to see the power in vulnerability, and that every story has equal value, no matter the journey.

What do you feel the next step should be for the music and art industry in Southern Africa?

I just feel Southern African artists should continue embracing themselves in abundant authenticity. Retain mother tongues, retain traditional sounds, retain songs of freedom. The world is watching, now is the time for African artists and I’m here for it!

What would you say to upcoming musicians to inspire them?

Don’t abandon yourself. Your story has value. Keep pushing into dominated spaces and show them what they are missing without you there.

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Connect with Hanwah on:

Instagram: hanwah_j

Facebook: Hanwah

Bandcamp: Hanwah.Bandcamp

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/hanwah1

Youtube: https://bit.ly/2PB0eO8