Hip Hop super group, Solo and The BETR Gang seem to be what is missing in South African Hip Hop. The collective has consistently given us food for thought in their music and recently launched their album, Tour Dates Deluxe.
Tour Dates Deluxe is a 15 track album with heavy features from hip hop artists from all across the country. The album features artists such as Dream Team, K.O, Rouge, Youngsta CPT, P.H, Big Star and Yanga Chief to name a lot more.
The album is a holistic experience, beginning from a sonic place, where regions represented on the album are traveled to. Solo and The BETR Gang will tour South Africa, performing in the regions on the album’s track list. From Pretoria, Durban and Limpopo to Soweto and Cape Town, all these regions will be covered.
The tour will see the band headlining their concerts with the special guests that are championed on the records. Each leg of the tour will take place at a secret location that will only be revealed to fans who purchase tickets. These performances will all be tailored to a specific region.
The album of and by itself serves everybody who is a lover of hip hop- from the smart street styles to the incredibly reflective as well as the soulful and smooth. The album shows off the collective’s versatility but also how well traveled and sensible they are. The music speaks volumes of their capabilities and if this is anything to go by then we expect longevity from the gents.
Tour Dates Deluxe album is available for purchase on all major digital stores.
Could 2019 Finally Be The Year For Mzekekeze’s Big Come Back?
If you were alive in the early 2000’s then you may remember how huge Kwaito music was. TS Records, owned by DJ Sbu and Thembinkosi Nciza produced some of the most stellar artists who dominated the charts and won countless awards. This was a major deal because TS Records was an independent label. Artists who we consider the cream of the crop at the time included Brown Dash, Brickz, Mafikizolo and the balaclava-wearing Mzekezeke.
The Mzekezeke and DJ Sbu situation being the one in the same is long so we won’t get into that. But in October of last year the duo announced that they are forming a new record label together. This was after TS records closed down due to both DJ Sbu and TK Nciza decided to focus on their individual business ventures.
Mzekezeke’s come back has been warmly received so far
The new label is called Mzekezeke Music and the first release was DJ Sbu’s soulful house joint titled Beautiful featuring Portia Monique. The second being Mzekekzeke’s first official come back single Gqom single, Nay Lento which was surprisingly warmly received.
So this begs the question, is this the year that Mzekekzeke will finally be making an official and unrelenting come back? We think so.
Mzekezeke has always been illusive and a little of an enigma. Even though we have always suspected that he is DJ Sbu, there was never a slip up or a confirmation of this. This may work to keep his relevance up to a younger audience. Plus if he is already working on new music which appeals to people who haven’t heard of him, this may be advantageous for him.
At the moment there is an interest in authentic South African sounds from the global audience and from within the country. We are beginning to appreciate the beautiful influence that Kwaito has had on our music. Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat and Kwesta have been incorporating elements of the genre into their sound and creating a fusion of Hip Hop and Kwaito. If Mzekezeke hops on this trend and brings back that essence of the sound he had in his glory days, this could work.
The charm of the Mzekezeke persona has always been his authenticity and singing about issues that we laugh at in our private corners. The world never gets tired on genuine energy so this may be one thing that works in his favour.
What do you think? Is 2019 the year Mzekezeke comes back in a huge way?
Check out the visuals for Nay Lento below!