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Self-pro­claimed North God and rap­per Da Les launched his third stu­dio al­bum at The Venue in Mel­rose Arch, Joburg, on Thurs­day night, and it turned out to be quite a spec­ta­cle. The North God con­cert treated fans to a night of South African hip-hop, with per­for­mances by the man him­self, and a stel­lar line-up of sup­port acts.

It has been a year since his last al­bum, Man­dela Money, and the hip-hop land­scape needed a lit­tle fresh­en­ing up, so who bet­ter than Mr Fresh2Def him­self ?

He was joined on stage by fel­low rap­per AKA, with whom he has en­joyed a long-stand­ing cre­ative part­ner­ship. The en­ter­tain­ing duo per­formed P.A.I.D, the first sin­gle off the al­bum.

MC at the Cîroc-spon­sored evening was MTV VJ No­muzi Mabena, and guests in­cluded her fel­low Cash­time Life as­so­ciates, Ma-E and Kid X. BoyznBucks were rep­re­sented by Riky Rick, who lit up the stage. Heavy­weight lyri­cist Tumi from the Vol­ume was also around and en­sured the evening had some soul to it. DJs Milk­shake and Dim­ples were on the mic.

The next sin­gle from the al­bum, 6am, with Mabena and Ma-E is sure to have de­voted fans bump­ing to the beat.

This al­bum prom­ises to pro­vide the per­fect sound­track for the fes­tive sea­son.


MR FRESH2DEF Da Les takes a breather at his CD launch at The Venue

IN GOD’S PRES­ENCE From left: Su­garS­maX, Siyabonga ‘Slik­our’ Me­tane, No­muzi Mabena, Em­bla­zon, Mpho Pholo, DJ Dim­plez and Kid X

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