Since the release of his groovy debut EP ‘Summer Love’, Slabsta has once again challenged the status quo through creating a fusion of Kwaito and Hip-Hop sounds which he calls Mohlakanyo. His creative use of the two sounds coupled with authentic storytelling is bound to make his music the soundtrack in any neighborhood. Here’s our exclusive interview with Slabsta sharing more about his journey and upcoming single Mohlakanyo.
How do you define yourself as a musician and what inspired you to become one?
I am a verstile musician with and my creativity is endless, I love fusing different sounds to create a specific sound which I now call ‘Mohlakanyo’.
I really have to admit that Khuli Chana inspired me to push my music further but over all listening to my dad’s collection of music when I was younger inspired me to create my own.
What inspired your upcoming single Mohlakanyo and what do you want people to take from it?
Mohlakanyo was inspired by the timelessness of Kwaito music and how it still sounds so good now. I figured doing a song that people could relate to would reconnect them to that sound of music that they grew up listening to.
The hook was also inspired by Selaelo Selota’s ‘Thrrr Phaaa!’ Song.
What I want people to take from it is that you can be anything positive that you dream to be, no matter who you are or where you come from.
What goes into your process of creating music and what have you learnt from it?
Allowing myself to feel my surroundings is what helps me create the music I want to put out. If I am not feeling anything I won’t even think of writing a song so I really find inspiration in feeling nature and allowing it to flow through my music.
I’ve learnt that opening up to nature and the world brings knowledge and words create music.
What do you feel the next step should be for the music and art industry in South Africa?
I feel that we should normalize plugging each other. If you can’t help someone right now aleast plug them onto a platform that would suit them or help them grow, I think we all deserve a chance to try and be what we aspire to be.
What would you say to upcoming musicians to inspire them?
If you have that tingling feeling in your heart that tells you that you are meant for this music thing then go for it! Believe in yourself.
Photography: Dotnet Photography
Creative Director: Kea Mooka
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