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:

Follow Slabsta on:

Twitter: @Slabsta

Facebook: Slabsta

Instagram: kingslabsta

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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

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

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

Theto Maleka on her artistic journey and Rata Rata Store.

Theto Maleka is a filmmaker, musician, digital strategist and the founder of the art, fashion, travel agency and ultimate creative hub Rata Rata Store. This creative on the move shares a piece of her artistic journey with us.                                                                                                    
“I started making film while traveling and working in Asia for 3 years. One of my close friends was a skater and he used to get me to film him most times. I worked at a production company and met some really cool creatives. I worked on a couple of big features during pre production like Kong Skull Island, Kick Boxer, Transformers 3, Avengers, Prayer Before Dawn. This exposed me to the entire format of film making even though I wasn’t schooled to do film. I was mentored by Nic and Shawn Simon from Indochina Productions on how to survive the industry. I got chosen as one of the 20 digifiers in Johannesburg in 2016 and got trained by Google x Livity Africa  on how to work smart online.

 

Music is my happy place. I discovered my talent for it at a New Years beach party on at one off my favoirite live music spots Jambay. I jumped on stage and sang for a good 2 hours, people where dancing and singing along and that kind of grew my confidence in my voice. I also sing to some of my producer friends beats, I’m still discovering my sound. Its really difficult to define myself as a creative because I do what I love to be honest. I take my time in my creative process. I always share when I feel like I am ready.

 

My work is super pre-meditated and won’t always make sense to everyone. I share from a broken place and sometimes I just share to inspire the next kid who might be going through a lot.

I’m currently working on a making more video projects, some music and I’m working on running a volunteering program with Hero Holidays.

The arts and culture industry needs to assign proper management teams for upcoming artists and more investments need to be made in order to pay artists well.

I’d encourage upcoming creatives to do what they love and stay debt free. Its ok to be yourself. Take your time perfecting your craft. Fuck Drugs, just kill em with the sauce.

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Follow Theto on:

Twitter: @madintruder |@rataratastore

Instagram: madintruder | rata rata store

Facebook: Rata Rata Store

Wath Video -> Theto Maleka on Rata Rata Store.

 

Hip-Hoper Nation: Workshop in Mautse-Rosendal, Free State 16 June 2018, Youth Day.

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Mautse, Rosendal. Free State.

The concept for Hip-HoperNation, a Hip-Hop Co-Operative dedicated to the promotion, support and excellence in the Art and Culture of South African Hip-Hop, originally took hold and launched its first project in the Eastern Free State village of Mautse-Rosendal. It felt apt that we should return a year later to expand on our Community Outreach and Social Responsibility mandate.

The village hosts an annual Auction, an exciting and fun fund-raising event, in aid of various local upliftment programs. The December 2017 Auction raised money to start a Conservancy, to aid the natural and living environment, focusing on eradicating water intense alien vegetation, planting indigenous trees, picking up and recycling rubbish, and training inhabitants regarding the fragile ecology. The positive outcomes include providing wood to those in need, raising the water table and increasing biodiversity – all crucial given human-made climate change. Residents and visitors are requested to donate an article or service for Auction. Hip-HoperNation donated a ‘Youth Hip-Hop Event-Workshop’, which was purchased by Rosendal Resident, Douglas Mason.

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On Youth Day, the 16th of June 2018, Hip-HoperNation collaborated with the SAPS and the Community Policing Forum in hosting their Youth Day celebrations. We compromised a team of four Hip-Hop Artists, Slabsta, Esam, Prism and Brigid, with the combined skills for writing, creation, production performance, mixing, mastering and filmmaking. The event included live performances of music by Slabsta and Esam, as well as local youth performers, “Mautse Cash-Flow”, and Youth Group Dancers. On Sunday the 17th, The team met with D.J. Lane (Sgt Jacob Mallane), Canada and King ‘Lil Kay. We spent the day discussing Hip-Hop and its creative process. The team worked together in workshopping, writing lyrics, laying beats and instrumentals, singing, rapping and recording a new song entitled, “Sacred Water”.

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Mautse Cashflow

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Esam

Hip-HoperNation proudly presents the results of this youth driven, rights-based, musical collaboration, a work of passion, love, talent, hard-work and honest self-expression.

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Watch Video -> Hip-Hoper Nation: Workshop in Mautse-Rosendal, Free State 16 June 2018.

Written by Brigid Schutz.

Photography by Brigid Schutz.