One thing is constant in life and that’s change. You observe it all around you all the time. It is your choice if you choose not to notice.
Muso Musawenkosi “Nish” Molefe, a member of the Skwatta Kamp band, has noticed many changes in Mzansi’s music scene and he is not exactly pleased with some of them. Looking back over a decade ago when Skwatta Kamp was at the pinnacle of its powers, Nish is of the opinion that South African hip hop is retrogressing.
Nish made the observation in a recent interview on Metro FM. “I think the game has improved. In terms of business, we are doing pretty well. In terms of music, I think we have gone back a bit.”
“We tried to make it local, kasify it in a way, and these guys are just sounding like Americans. I can’t tell if we are sitting in Atlanta or what-what. It sounds too American for me.”Skwatta Kamp/ Instagram
Skwatta Kamp had the horror of seeing its member Flabba murdered not long ago. Sindisiwe Manqele has since apologized for his death. The group has rebounded with scorchers such as “Where You Go,” “Sebentin Remix” and “Mama Akheko,” featuring Assessa and Payseen.
The idea of Mzansi artistes sounding American isn’t new. It was in fact the subject of AKA’s song “Star Signs,” featuring Stogie T.
By the way artistes like A-Reece and Nasty C have bee criticized in the past for sounding “American,” with Cashtime Life head honcho and “Eloy” mastermind K.O encouraging Nasty C to rap more in vernac.
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