Lo­cal rap­pers to rock MACUFE

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THREE lo­cal rap­pers have been billed to per­form at this year’s Man­gaung African Cul­tural Fes­ti­val’s (MACUFE) Tshepe Hip Hop show on 2 Oc­to­ber 2015 in Bloem­fontein, South Africa.

Du­namis, Papa Zee and Bloem­fontein­based Jcob are among the star-stud­ded line-up at the fete, which also in­cludes such South African heavy­weights as HHP, AB Crazy, Rea­son, Anatii, Maths, The Tra­ter­nity, Nay­cha, and Lava Wa Mrepa. The dee­jay con­tin­gent in­cludes Vig­i­lante, Ma­jor League, Sizwe Dlomo, Shaxe, Waxx and 2Zero while old school Kwaito ex­po­nent, Mzekezeke, is also ex­pected to make a spe­cial ap­pear­ance.

Tshepe Hip Hop is an an­nual show that kick-starts the MACUFE fete, and is premised on Se­sotho Hip Hop artists bat­tling with other rap cul­tures. MACUFE show­cases the cream of African and in­ter­na­tional tal­ent, at­tract­ing over 140 000 peo­ple from within the south­ern African re­gion and the world.

Con­tacted for com­ment this week, Du­namis, who is billed by the show’s or­gan­is­ers as one of the Hip Hop kings, said his in­clu­sion was tes­ti­mony to his con­sis­tency and hard work.

“I have been in the rap game for a long time, but this will be my first time per­form­ing at MACUFE and some­thing I have al­ways longed for,” said Du­namis, who in 2009 won a South African Mu­sic Award in the Best South Sotho cat­e­gory for his al­bum Mas­tered Seed.

“I was pleas­antly sur­prised to note that the or­gan­is­ers put me at the same level as such icons as HHP and AKA, but I be­lieve it is the re­sult of hard work and per­se­ver­ance.

To shore up sup­port for lo­cal acts ahead of the fes­ti­val, Du­namis said he con­vinced the or­gan­is­ers to hold build-up shows in Le­sotho.

“We need the sup­port of lo­cal fans since we will be rep­re­sent­ing Le­sotho at the fes­ti­val,” he said.

“These are the re­wards of hard work, so I urge my fel­low com­pa­tri­ots to fo­cus on their en­de­vours and not be dis­tracted by naysay­ers. Af­ter all, they will only talk if you are do­ing some­thing.”

On his latest sin­gle, Pa­per Pa­per, which fea­tures South African rap­per Morale, Du­namis added that it had al­ready passed the 50 000 down­loads mark.

Mean­while, Tshepe Hip Hop show or­gan­iser, Nyakallo “Ba2cada” Leine, con­firmed on so­cial media that there would be two buildup shows in Le­sotho next week­end.

“Due to the suc­cess of the pre party at Manchu Inn (in Thaba Nchu), we have de­cided to add Man­doza and Sbu Maloya to the line-up of the pre-par­ties at Le­sotho’s 4Fordy and Pur­ple Haze on 25 and 26 (Septem­ber) re­spec­tively, to­gether with Maths, Jcob, Du­namis, Zola 7, Funky Tee and Fisha Fasha,” Ba2cada said.

Rap­per Du­namis.

Rap­per papa Zee. Nyakallo ‘Ba2cada’ leine.

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