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Bayethe Zuluboy!

2008-11-29 15:14
Here is a taste of what Zuluboy had to say.

On rapping in vernacular…
The importance of rapping in vernacular, Nkosazana, is that we really copy American people and people from abroad. Since America is the head of hip hop in this world. They first came out with it - even if we rightfully own it as Africans. So, it’s about taking it back to the people. When you write in vernacular you don’t automatically become competition to the Americans. When people from overseas come to South Africa they are looking for something different from theirs. And writing in vernacular makes you unique in your ethnic African way.

On dividing his life between Durban and Jozi …
Angithi, we [Durban music talent] are the soldiers and suits that are trying to change that [perception that you have to be in Jozi to make it], by representing home no matter where we are. If I may compare it to soccer, when I was in Durban I saw myself as Mvela League. When I came to Johannesburg I became PSL. And from Johannesburg it became World Cup as travelled abroad, all over the place. Before I’m Durbanite, I’m actually African, yeah. It doesn’t really matter where I am, you know?

On what to expect at Oppikkopi…
Fans can expect a killer performance because we are already working on rehearsals. It came about due to the work one was doing around the city of Johannesburg and around South Africa that one was privileged enough to be selected, wena Nkosazana, as one of the people on the bill, you know. We’ve been working hard for it, so expect a killer show.

- Interview by Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala

Can't wait for Oppikkopi?
Catch Zuluboy live at Bassline in Newtown, Jozi on Friday, 27 July at 8pm
Zuluboy once called his music conscious rebel music. It’s hard to believe that there is even a fibre of rebellion in either him or his music. He is polite, addressing women as "Nkosazana". He also has an infectious natural and warm charm. All this would not necessarily be associated with mainstream hip hop. But Zuluboy is a different kind of umrepa. He has a message, and wants to make South Africans better listeners. Listen to the Podcast interview now! publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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