Slabsta debut EP ‘Summer Love’ Out Now!

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“The Art of Making Music is simultaneously an outlet for personal expression and a gift of self to the world. My music is an expression of my life-journey and the influences and circumstances that have shaped me and my world view. Whether the tempo is fast or slow, the tone angry or soft, the content deep or light, my underlying sound is always HARD, BANGING and PROVOCATIVE, touching both thought and emotion, and forever danceable.
My music springs from the evocative memories of the sounds of various musical genres, especially Kwaito, RnB, Soul, Hip-Hop and House.

With the birth of “Get Tipsy”, I aimed to create a new sound that will challenge and extend South African Hip-Hop to further creative heights.

On this project I express Love through the intermingling of feel-good summer vibes, powerful Hip-Hop Beats, festive moments, and strong melody. I call this “Mohlakanyo”, a new musical sub-genre, meaning, ‘The fusion of South African genres to create an exciting new sound, mixed, stirred and baked under the blazing Burgersfort sun.’ This is the music I love to listen to and the music I love to make.

It took so much hard work to put this Ep together and I would like to thank all my people who supported me with a special shout out to Brigid Schutz(HipHoperNation), Chealex Mpanza (Street Warm Entertainment) and Kea (Artizens ZA) through the making of Summer Love.” -Slabsta

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Order you CD Copy at Hiphopernation@gmail.com

Stream Summer Love here:

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Twitter: @Slabsta

Facebook: Slabsta

Instagram: kingslabsta

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Mwanji, the wonderkid.

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Mwanji is a singer, songwriter and content creator who describes herself as a wonderkid who always seeks to find and create something new. This creative on the move has a luring presence that shines through her aesthetic and artistry, here’s a little more about Mwanji the wonderkid.

“I am inspired by the orocess of creation, the thrill in create something new from scratch. I love alternative art so you can always expect something thats not within the norm from me.

I think what sets my music apart is the fact that I dabble with a lot of weird sounds. I’m also influenced by jazz and the 90s sounds, I always try to incorporate that in the music I make.

I’m currently working on my first ever EP titled Neogenesis, which will be coming out very early in 2019, I’m also working on a couple of documentaries and projects with the media house and collective I’m part of called Nomad Society.

I feel like the next step within our music industry should be of artists widening their mindsets, we have a lot of redundency in our industry so we have to encourage people to be open and support new styles and genres.

I’d encourage artists to never let go of their individuality as creatives, your authenticity is beautiful to see and it will be your legacy as an artist. ” -Mwanji

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Follow Mwanji on:

Twitter: @WhyMwanji

Instagram: jaeylasoul

Farai Shelton inspiring through afro house.

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Farai Shelton is a singer and songwriter who seeks to inspire and motivate people, this fused with his vocal talent and passion for sound has lead to his pursuit of a career in music. Get to know a little more about the afro pop musician.

“I would say I’m an inspirational lyricist whose influenced by a blend of different sounds including jazz, house music, pop and more. I got inspired to make music firstly by the love I had for music dating back to a time when I didn’t even know I could actually sing,
also the need to inspire and motivate people in their day to day lives has kept me fueled.

My music is unique because I mix different languages and sounds, it appeals to a diverse listenership which has been really working well for me.

I’ve got a single that I’m working on since my move to South Africa. I have a ton of unrecorded song’s so I’m also working on doing a live recording
“Afro MashUp” hopefully early next year 2019.

Starting on my own as a solo artist I got to see how hard it can be, established artists and industry gurus need to do more in terms of identification of talent and grooming the next generation.

I’d encourage upcoming artists to remember that the most important thing is to follow your heart and don’t give up on your dreams, look for someone better than you who can impart some good knowledge to you and don’t be afraid to knock on doors and pitch yourself.” -Farai Shelton.

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Follow Farai Shelton on:

Twitter: @faraishelton

Facebook: Farai Shelton

Instagram: FaraiShelton

Youtube: Farai Shelton

Bookings: faraishelton.management@gmail.com

Ts’episo Mahase on her nuanced filmmaking.

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Ts’episo Mahase (26) is a filmmaker who sees her creative vision as greatly helped and lead by God. She is an independant filmmaker whose visual storytelling is nothing short of perfection from frame to frame. We got to find out a little more about the contemporary filmmaker.

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

What inspired me to become a filmmaker was a curiosity about how the process of filmmaking really is, the more I learnt about it the more interesting it became and I pursued it further.

What do you think makes your filmmaking and storytelling unique?

I don’t really think it is unique in anyway. There is such a huge realm of filmmaking that is unexplored by the masses and to think of my filmmaking as unique would be blind. It may be nuanced but I don’t think of it as unique. There’s always an element of posing questions and I guess making people feel like they are detectives trying to solve a puzzle.

What film projects are you currently working on?

I recently released a film called Roses For The Ocean which is a part of a bigger project called CLAIRVOYANCE: The End. We are shooting the rest of it and getting cracking with post production soon after so we can have it ready for the Johannesburg screening. The screening is free and is on the 14th of December and can book their tickets on Quicket

What do you feel the next step should be for your industry as a whole?

The next step should be making local films accessible for the masses and not just put this big emphasis on just showing them at festivals. I guess the biggest thing is who are they making films for, for other filmmakers, for film viewers or both? They need to make it accessible for all. It means nothing that you got selected to screen at TIFF but your audience does not even know where to watch your film when festival rounds are done.

What would you say to upcoming filmmakers in the industry to inspire them?

I would say learn as much as possible and open yourself up to different ideas. Don’t be a bully and work fairly with people in your team.

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Follow Ts’episo Mahase on:

Twitter: @mahase_ts

Instagram: tsepisomahase

Facebook: Ts’episo Mahase

Slabsta nominated for the Hip Hop Cares Awards 2018.

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Holiday time means giving time for the Hip Hop Cares community which will be hosting its annual award ceremony on December 25, 2018. The coveted awards are said to have made people cry, started good old hip hop beefs and have built friendships and ended them. The sought after Hip Hop Cares Award is not just an award. Its described as a seal of approval from the Limpopo hip hop community. It is the ultimate reward where you are recognised by judges and your peers.

In light of that, Slabsta has been nominated in two categories for the Hip Hop Cares Awards 2018. The musician is up for Best Collaboration for the song “Styla Sa December” with Adroit and Best Visuals for his “Can’t Stop Me” music video. We have a feeling he will be a fan favorite in both catagories.

You can cast your vote on:

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Hip Hop Cares Awards facebook page.

Follow Slabsta on:

Soundcloud: Slabsta

Twitter: Slabsta

Facebook: Slabsta

Instagram: kingslabsta

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

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.