The debate around #OpenUpTheIndustry has been raging since the SABC announced the 90% stance on local content on all their broadcasting platforms. And we have been seeing more and more fresh and new talent come out, although some may argue otherwise.
We managed to find three vocalists on the come up who are killing every feature they appear on and of course their solo projects. What they are doing is changing the landscape of hip hop in the country with their refreshing, tailored and alternative sounds. And all of them are guys. This is a warning people, don’t sleep on them.
Siya Mkhize, also known as KLY [which originated as an acronym for Keep Love Young] is a sultry singer who fuses passionate lyrics which are based on his life experiences. He sings on trap soul beats that showcase his voice and song writing abilities.
The singer-songwriter dropped his EP, KLYMAX, earlier on in the year and it has been doing quite well on iTunes and other music download platforms.
The EP features established rapper Riky Rick and artists who are currently have quite a lot of hype around them such as Frank Casino and Priddy Ugly. The EP, which was almost entirely produced by Wichi 1080, has heavy R&B and hip hop influences.
His unique style, soulful vocals and incredible writing skills put him on the map and we hope to hear more from him. Cava the music video for Too Much featuring Riky Riky below!
Thelumusa Owen, better known as Tellaman, is a singer, writer and an award winning producer who was born and bred in Durban. Growing up in a talented musical background , it is not strange that Tellaman is a self-taught musician who began doing music when he was 15.
His talent grew and he got to work on the Soul Candi Sessions 15 compilations on a disc entitled Ntsikelelo had songs such as Drinks and Music featuring Okmalumkoolkat and Intoxicated featuring Lastee among many more. In less than two months the album had been released, it reached the Gold status and it got nominated for the best compilation award 2015 (Metro fm Awards).
Tellaman has worked with many artists and producers locally and internationally such as Aforzilla (Angola), Pascal Morais (Netherlands), Professor (Kalawa), AKA amongst many others. So far this year, his more notable and breakthrough performance is being featured on DJ Speedsta’s hit joint, Mayo and a couple of more projects with artists such as Nasty C and Duncan Skuva.
Listen to Hooked on You featuring Kid X below from his EP MindVSHeart!
Siviwe Camagu Nkanyuza, better known by his moniker Kimosabe, is a self-taught singer-songwriter, record producer and multi instrumentalist who was born and bred in the Eastern Cape. He began his musical journey with a bang when he met and produced Ifani’s hit single, Iingoma Ezimnandi for Ifani’s award-winning album, I Believes In Me (1st Quadrant). He also went on to produce Ifani’s second album.
Kimosabe has been linked to some of the dopest hits this year both being featured and producing. He has worked with artists such as DJ Dimplez, DJ Clock, J.R, Cassper Nyovest and Lloyd Cele to name a few.
Kimosabe’s style ranges from soul, R&B, hip hop, dancehall and a hint of rock and roll. He manages to fuse all these styles to create a unique sound that only he can produce. He just dropped a collection of songs and called Nights. The entire project was produced, written, recorded, mixed and mastered by him and he played every single instrument on this.
Check it out below!
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Kwaito Rapper Mgaga Releases His Debut Solo Single Titled All The Way
Mgaga goes all in with his Kwaito love song titled All The Way
Kwaito artists have always been making love songs; I guess there is nothing sexier than a thug expressing his love for you in Kasi lingo. Imagine Brown Dash’s Vum Vum or Trompies when they sang Sweety Lavo. These songs carried such a beatiful message. Today, talented Kwaito rapper, Mgaga, is keeping this tradition on by releasing his very own Kwaito love song titled All The Way. This one features August Child and Sizwe Magwaza.
At an early age Mgaga was moved from Alexandra township to Tembisa and then to Edenvale. Growing up with a heavy Hip Hop and Kwaito influence, Mgaga started writing rap songs and freestyle battling. He later discovered that he expresses himself best and relates to his audience in vernac utilizing the Kwaito flow.
He began his music career in 2014 as part of a group called PAQ performing in popular clubs around South Africa. Formally known as Radi-AK, Mgaga is now taking on the world as a solo act with authentic Kwaito music.
All The Way is Mgaga’s first solo single
All The Way is Mgaga’s first solo single after the re-branding from formally being called Radi-AK to going by Mgaga, a name he was popularly known by since before he pursued music professionally. The word “Mgaga” refers to an AK47 because the first letters of his birth name “Akhona” are “AK”, which is his childhood name.
All The Way is such a breath of fresh air in that it carried this concentrated essence of Kwaito music without trying too hard. Instead, Mgaga effortlessly flows on this Kwaito and House hybrid beat and he does the most. He raps about a woman he loves and how he wants to take their love and relationship the whole way. August Child and Sizwe Magwaza do the most on the hook certifying All The Way as a summer hit!
Link up with Mgaga on his social media, @the_mgaga, for more on the music.
Listen to All The Way below!