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Sizwe Mbokazi also known as J.Eson is an emerging Hip hop artist from Nongoma (Kwa-Zulu Natal), he gets to tell us about how his journey has been being an “unknown artist” and how his writing skills has shaped up his life and music career.

Being an unknown artist:

“I would say it’s not a difficult thing to be an unknown artist if I trust my artistry, so far I can’t say I’m an unknown artist looking at the work I’ve released to the public. There is a lot of work I haven’t released yet of which is a challenge I have to win.

Being a full-time student and an independent artist has been a great challenge, while trying to focus on my artistry I came to a decision that I’d rather struggle for my creativity and the love I have for this industry, so I’m not really unknown, I just have to show myself to the people”.

 Writing skills:

“My writing skills have been helping me since high school where I started writing rhymes. In Grade 9 I became a better person that every time I felt like expressing my imagination I’d just jot them down and that’s how I lived in my hometown.

When I moved to a college, I got exposed to a lot of international and urban artists I got motivated a lot and I kept writing continuously till I saw that I can actually do better. I’ve been getting compliments about my songs and writing skills but I just wanted more than that, to live the life of being an artistic person who can’t lose creativity. It’s a life I enjoy, it’s a habit that I want to have as I age”.

“Peace”

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Follow J.Eson on

Facebook: Jay E Son

Twitter: @JEsonZA

Soundcloud: sizwem-3

 

 

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Hip Hop Cares VI #SoCool.

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On the 1st of July 2017, we took a trip back to the home of the Hip Hop Cares Foundation, Limpopo Burgersfort for Hip Hop Cares VI which was hosted by Slabsta and Tshepang Gosebo Mokgari. We caught up with the Founder Dizz Kekana and he explained the importance of hip hop music and giving back to the community.

HHCVI-40“Our charity foundation draws its power from hip hop and thats how important and relevant it is to culture. The capacity the artform has to bring people together. Hip hop cares VI #socool is about affirming the way of life that is hip hop.” – Dizz Kekana

The night was filled with performances by local talents, Fess, Immo Kid, Pearly Hooks, Turm, Ab Stun and many more.

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In an effort to preserve hip hop culture, this event featured a top 8 Rap battle with a grand prize of R1000. The rap battle featured, Oz, Monster Saint, King Solomon, Classic, Krazy H and Junior. After rounds of heated battles Junior emerged the King of bars and flows winning 1st place.

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You have to admire the foundations tireless efforts to consistently shine a light on Hip Hop and drawing positivity out of the contervisail culture.

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Watch video -> Hip Hop Cares VI #SoCool.

Red Lights by Turm.

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This prolific narrative song by Turm follows the stories of three people, experiencing different hardships in life and explores how they may be victims of circumstances.

Turm sums up everything by connecting these people through hook. The hook expresses the idea of being stagnant (a lack of progress, motion). This song is a metaphor that opens up interesting topics through characters who see life differently, according to how reality presents itself to them. Following the story of a woman who is a single parent, and a young man trapped in a cycle of drug use and criminal activity.

In this song Turm expresses a pain in having to watch people around his neighbourhood get caught in a vicious cycle and that for him sparks the hunger for a better future.

Download Turm – Red Lights (prod by Turm).

Written by Meshack Shabba Mohlala.

Stay Woke!

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We’re Original Kreatif Enlightened (WOKE)

“Being an artist is disrupting the system or compromising your art to submit to the system in this country.”

On a Sunday afternoon we headed out to the cosmopolitan area of Johannesburg to the Firehouse Gallery to experience a disruption of system through the conscious art movement, Woke Arts; a movement that originated from Pretoria.

A platform that enables creatives to interact and showcase their talent and craft, but further more collaborate and network. The tour to Jozi was to highlight the purpose of a movement being to stay moving and to pay homage to artists and art lovers of Jozi, who for the first year of Woke Arts travelled to Pretoria to support the initiative.

Sunday, the 30th of April revealed the energy and forces that erupt when artists gather for a cause, that is to enliven and feed souls.The entrance area was draped in artworks from the finest photographers to painters, and illustrators​, all of which aligned with the show that was sectioned in three; The Mind, being a poetry sessions that gave us mostly strong and proud Black Women who were fearless in delivering their words, their thoughts, strengths and sorrows without a hint of fear. The Body, that featured banging mixes from the likes of Nouvaux, and The Soul, powerful performances by musicians who’s souls bare passions and fluidity among many things.

“Woke arts is the reviving of our own identity within the arts, a career path for the African artists and the development of an identity, a style and united movement that is truly African in its identity.” – STY7ES, founder of WOKE Arts.

Unity among the artists and audience is the note that we witnessed at #WokeJozi, that alone was art to behold.

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Watch Video -> Stay Woke!

Written by Maira Wolfe