Kool Out to rock Maseru

SA out­fit prom­ises ‘au­then­tic’ hip-hop ex­pe­ri­ence at 4Fordy

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

south Africa’s Kool Out is set for a pul­sat­ing hip-hop gig at the pop­u­lar 4Fordy joint this com­ing Sun­day

Kool Out is known for host­ing qual­ity hip-hop events, and ac­cord­ing to one of the or­gan­is­ers, Akio ‘DJ ID’ Kawahito, the en­ter­tain­ment out­fit would be bring­ing “an au­then­tic” hip-hop ex­pe­ri­ence to Le­sotho.

Kool Out was launched in 2008 in Cape Town. At the time, there was lack of qual­ity hip-hop and plat­forms for artists on which to per­form in the CBD (Cen­tral Busi­ness District), DJ ID told the Week­ender from his base in Jo­han­nes­burg.

“Most clubs did not even want us to play hip-hop so we only did on the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month and within one year, made it one of the coun­try’s most well-known hip-hop brands, ex­pand­ing to both Dur­ban and Jo­han­nes­burg.

“We are old-school hip-hop heads so we be­lieve in main­tain­ing a cer­tain qual­ity and au­then­tic­ity to our events. This is al­ways re­flected in ev­ery­thing we do.”

DJ ID fur­ther said af­ter Kool Out’s ac­cep­tance by the pub­lic, the brand grew and started work­ing with a num­ber of artists, in­clud­ing for­eign ones.

“We have worked with just about ev­ery ma­jor artist in South Africa on Kool Out events, from AKA, Khuli, to even throw­back cats like Pitch Black Afro. In ad­di­tion, we have had in­ter­na­tional artists such as Taleb Kweli, Ras Kass, and Blu/ Ex­ile per­form at Kool Out.

“We have hosted Kool Out in Dur­ban, Jo­han­nes­burg, Cape Town, and The Vaal.

“In terms of in­ter­na­tion­ally, we held our first show ear­lier this year in Ham­burg, Ger­many, which means Le­sotho will be our se­cond for­eign desti­na­tion.”

Dubbed Koolin­inthe­moun­tain, this Maseru edi­tion will see per­for­mances from South African rap­pers such as Rea­son and Ginger Trill and lo­cals Jiji F and T Mech. Be­hind the decks will be a num­ber of both lo­cal and South African spin­ners such as ID, P-kut­tah, Just Themba, Yanga, A-supreme, In­di­vid­ual Max, In­stro, Ebon­ics & Da Star.

SABC 1’s Loot Luv will be the host of the night.

“We like to blend new school with old school while keep­ing it real. Ba­sotho should turn up in num­bers and ex­pect to be served an au­then­tic hip-hop ex­pe­ri­ence. Mu­si­cally, we plan to give a wide va­ri­ety from soul, funk, all the way to to­day’s hits,” he said.

RAP­PER-REA­SON to rock 4Fordy AKIO DJ ID Kawahito

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