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

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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.

J-Tyt, the new age digital trap star.

IMG-20180727-WA0009J-Tyt is a hip hop artist who describes himself as a new age digital trap star, he believes in pushing the limits through his artistry. This sonically gifted artist is bound to be highlighted as a meaningful contributor to the culture. We got to know a little more about the A1TRENDYTRAPSTA’s exciting creative journey and his ongoing project UNTITLED and many more.

“I believe there are no limits to creativity, my art is fueled and inspired by my every day experiences and how I foresee the future. My sound evolved with the ages, this led to the digital feel in my music. It’s evident that everything around me finds it’s way into my art, the good, the bad, the easy and the hard.

What makes my art unique is the experiences that play out in it, I draw my inspiration from and the emotions that come with them. I don’t limit nyself so, my art to takes different forms which leads to experimenting with different sounds.

I’m currently working on multiple projects, one of which is called the UNTITLED series presented by myself, this is an on going project where I will be releasing an episode every two months. I’m also working on a squad project with InkMusic that is predicted to end the summer, I’ll also be presenting my last 2018 single titled HitNRun produced by the one and only, SgivoBeats in the coming months.

What do you feel the next step should be for your industry as a whole?
Granting new and up coming artists easier access  to the multiple platforms should be the next step in thr music industry. They are so desperately needed among new talent but available to the selected few.

Upcoming artistd and creatives should recognise the power of the hashtag.” – J-Tyt (Johnnie Marobane)

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Follow J-TYT on:

Soundcloud: jtytsa

Instagram: jtytsa

Twitter: @jtytsa

Watch Untitled series on Youtube -> J-Tyt – Untitled

Chasing The Noise Music and Arts Festival.

 

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The 2018 Chasing The Noise Music and Arts Festival is bound to be one of a kind. The event will be taking place at the Worker’s Museum in Newtown on the 30th of June, it seeks to bring the youth into a space of learning and reflection, under the guise of rave music and art.

At a unique historical site the event will expose the youth to The Worker’s Museum, one of many structures that attest to the rich history of the Johannesburg Metropolis. The very same spot where the museum is located, just over a century ago, was a compound for black male workers. The compound was built to host migrant workers from all over South Africa who came to work in mines and factories. Leaving behind their families in search of ‘greener pastures’, the men sacrificed their privacy and subjected themselves to slave-like treatment. We believe spaces such as these are essential for youth to immerse themselves in. However, distracted by the hustle and bustle of modern city life, most young people do not visit such places regularly.

This gap thus created an opportunity for the Youth Urban Connect Culture Team – to create a two-fold experience. To firstly, bring young people together in the spirit of fellowship and celebration, secondly, educate and enlighten them on our history to remember the sacrifices our forefathers made and how this enabled us to enjoy the many privileges of the city we currently live in. The organising team stems from Back2Back Productions, an events company that seeks to give youth a voice through music and poetry. In association with NikKi’s Jazz Bar, we have hosted over 20 shows where young and old people alike could come under one roof to enjoy music and poetry from the youth’s perspective.

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We at Youth Urban Connect Culture believe in investing in the youth. We have employed young local artists and DJ’s to entertain the crowd as well as have made available stalls for multimedia artists to showcase their work.

We look forward to hosting the first of many youth festivals and we seek to make this the biggest Winter festival in the city.

Youth Urban Connect Culture – For the youth. By the youth.

Get your tickets to Chasing The Noise Festival at chasingthenoise.co.za

Slabsta – Can’t Stop Me (Official Visuals).

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“Nothing Can Stop Me” photo by Brigid Schutz.

The long awaited visual representation of Slabsta’s classic single Can’t Stop Me is finally out. The visuals showcase a clean production that is simple and impactful in blending the music with imagery. Slabsta shares a little more about what this video means to him and gives us insight on the production process.

“I chose to have the black and white mainly because it was a collaboration with Black & Whyte Pictures. The symbolism of black and white highlights the the need for colour, after the powerful message the song holds, it motivates the listener to believe in themselves and not give up, a breakthrough is what I’m working towards at the end.

The video features Kele Motlhamme (Model) dancing fluidly, showing how carefree and inspired you can be when you believe in yourself.

It took me so long to release these visuals, I do that with a lot of my songs and projects. I like to see if they age well. It also gives me time to look at my work from a different perspective. It took me a year to finally realise the potential these visuals have, a colleague of mine saw it and told me to release it because it’s great timeless content.

The video represents a part of me, a state of mind where you face your problems head on and find a solution. A simple mindset that encourages one to overcome and succeed. I know most people will relate to the message more than anything.” – Slabsta

Watch Video ->Slabsta – Can’t Stop Me (Official Visuals)