The first quarter of the year is done and dusted and so far, in hip-hop, we don’t have much to write home about in terms music. Although we’re expecting some big name drops this year from AKA, Kwesta, Nasty, Kid X and even L-Tido, other than Supa Mega’s confirmed Touch My Blood release date, we don’t have much.
In spite of the lack of music, the culture continues to move, here are a few culture moments trending in the past week;
AKA’s Beam Group has signed a confidential deal with South African cellular network provider Vodacom for a yet to be revealed platform allowing artists to connect to fans.
This could very likely be a digital platform in the same vein as American music executive Steve Stoute’s Alphabet’s (Google’s parent company) UnitedMasters. United Masters essentially allows artists to distribute music directly to digital platforms while using insights to help artists connect with super fans to cross sell tickets and merch.
Kwesta has announced his 7-times platinum certification for DaKAR II by RISA, selling in excess of 210 000 copies. Featuring mega-hits Mayibabo, Ngiyaz’fela Ngawe and Ngud, it is no wonder the album has gone on to become the biggest selling South African hip hop album.
JR’s weekly Youtube broadcast live music sessions, Feel Good Sessions, is back for the second season. The season opener saw cotton eater Riky Rick perform Stay Shining, Joy and a medley of verses of a few of his hits. Compared to the level we saw in the past year from the likes of Shekinah, A-Reece, Amanda Black, Sjava and Kwesta, his performance was short, dull and outright lazy.
Durban hip-hop group Dreamteam is staging a comeback to the game, with the exit of TV presenter Dash, Dreamteam could now be considered a duo. With the release of the Shosha remix featuring Reason and Emtee a week ago, the duo dropped another new single this weekend, Summer In Dubane featuring Donald. It’ll be interesting to see how they position themselves in the game.