Gabby grabs bul­ly­ing by tail

Teen rap­per turns events into mu­sic

Sowetan - - Time Out - By Patience Bam­balele

Six­teen-year-old hip-hop singer and song­writer Gabby Moyce raps about bul­ly­ing and women em­pow­er­ment.

Born Gabriella Mmusi in Rand­burg, Joburg, the young singer is slowly tak­ing the in­dus­try by storm. She has just dropped her beau­ti­fully pro­duced sec­ond sin­gle ti­tled Black Tiger.

Like many pupils, Gabby has ex­pe­ri­enced bul­ly­ing be­cause of her height and ac­cent. How­ever, she has found a way to turn every ex­pe­ri­ence into pow­er­ful hip-hop mu­sic.

“The songs also speak about be­trayal – for ex­am­ple, talk­ing dirty about some­one else. In the song [Black Tiger] I am just say­ing I am stronger, and I can overcome,” she says. With her mu­sic boast­ing free-spir­ited rhymes, she also raps about women em­pow­er­ment.

The Green­side High School pupil de­fines her sound as hiphop/soul. She re­leased her first song Queen­dom last year.

“Queen­dom is about loy­alty to the cit­i­zens. The song metaphor­i­cally ex­plains how women are tired of be­ing emo­tion­ally hurt.”

Both her songs were pro­duced and ar­ranged by Xolani Kub­heka.

The teen rap­per has been writ­ing songs since she was 10 years old and a few years ago re­alised that she could turn this into a ca­reer.

She says she did not want to just rap about any­thing, she wanted peo­ple to con­nect to her mu­sic.

Gabby is aware that the hiphop in­dus­try is male dom­i­nated, and few women have sur­vived the heat. She looks up to fe­male rap­pers like Na­dia Nakai.

“I like Na­dia’s mu­sic be­cause she is not im­i­tat­ing any­one and sounds orig­i­nal.” On the dog-eat-dog in­dus­try, she says: “I am aware that the in­dus­try is male-dom­i­nated but I am un­shaken by that.” Though she is en­joy­ing the mu­sic in­dus­try cur­rently, she re­gards it as a hobby. When the rap­per com­pletes her ma­tric, she wants to study psy­chol­ogy and then mu­sic at a later stage.

Gabby de­fines her­self as a mo­tion of her per­sonal out­look on trends, fash­ion and, more im­por­tantly, per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences.

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Gabby Moyce makes an impression as a rap­per.

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