Jaak: Paarl’s Hip Hop Philosopher

 

Jacques, popularly known as Jaak is a hip-hop artiste from South Africa. As he puts it, his name is an Afrikaansified (flattened) version of his birth name with graffiti cultural influences, in which a good tag name consists of five characters or less. Although he does not double in the art form, he strongly believes that there is a distinct overlap of concepts with hip-hop. Thanks to his cousin-a barman, who was friends with the local deejays, he was exposed to music at a very young age and was always privy to the latest hits. One of those hits happened to be that of the Native Tongues, a hip-hop collective of artistes from the U.S, who he took an immediate liking for because of their musicality and newspeak. He cites Big Daddy Kane and Busta Rhymes as being his biggest musical influences back then. Their rhyme capabilities and technique, as far as he was concerned were supreme to none. They were as a matter of fact, Olympian. Continue reading

Bamzigi: [The African Superman]

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This inset picture is of a man who loves to over use quotation marks like they are going out of style, a comic nerd, and a truly creative spirit. While editing this interview, I honestly thought I was going to loose my mind with the sparodic quoatation marks littered all over. Nevertheless, I made it through the end to discover an artist who adamantly refuses to be boxed into a particular genre and instead chooses to re-invent the wheel, in the name of Mizuka. 

Mizuka in short, is a fusion of electronic dance music, RnB, hip-hop and reggae with an African twist. Bamzigi, is a veteran artist in the Kenyan music industry on a passionate mission of educating the masses of an alternative music scene that is so far left to the mainstream, that one can’t help but wonder, why? Is the mainstream so shortsighted that he had to name his movement 3050, to bring to attention to the need of a futuristic sound-that is different? Hmmmmmm…….intrigued? Click on for more juice. Continue reading