A few weeks ago we had a face to face interview with one of the country’s most talented producers, SPeeKa. This interview was meant to profile artists who are doing the most in their own circles and who are actually bringing a change to the industry in their own profound way.
SPeeKa has been producing music for the longest time and has the impressive resume to prove it. He primarily focuses on Kasi Rap but has produced other genres of music including Hip Hop and House music.
SPeeKa is also a geek when it comes to making music and it’s clear that the Protea Glen native lives for his craft. He has released countless projects, including Organized Grime which dropped last year and has produced for a number of artists with The Soweto Tshepiso EP being one of the latest projects he produced.
He also founded and produces a series called Sotra Cyphers which sees a variety of rappers come through every week and drop the hardest bars on even harder beats. The series showcases raw talent with most of the emcees on the series showing real skill and a genuine love for the artistry of rapping. If anything, Sotra Cyphers is a way to keep the art and culture of rap alive and hopefully bring it to the mainstream, little by little.
SPeeKa has completed work on his latest project, SPeeKa Presents: Ten Tuesdays Vol. 1, where he plans on dropping 1 track every Tuesday from today, 30 Jan until 03 April. The first track from the project is titled Gcwala and it features Infektist, Etcetera Inkunzi Emnyama and Jef. Peep it here.
Peep the interview we did with him below!
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!