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2008-01-05 06:16
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First the gig started way too late, and then the Mother City police came cruising round with their handcuffs ready to arrest us if we made too much noise! But even more disappointing was the poor turnout. Where were all the city’s hip-hop lovers? Watching some American ‘mixmaster’ J. Period across town no doubt. Okay, so the party got off to a rocky start with second-rate scratches ‘n mixes by small time deck jockeys. It would have been much better if they’d played the radio to pass time. Still, the gig did pick up the pace when Angolan street political lyricist, Intelektu won the crowd over with his ghetto rough punch lines! Even though we couldn’t understand his Portuguese patois, his aggressive delivery was admirable.

Then Zub stepped up to the mic. He was adamant about doing his set no matter what the police had to say. After all, brother man drove all the way down from Jozi for this gig! Zubz is one down-to-earth brother. The fact that there were such few people didn’t seem to bother him one bit. With DJs Redwood and Hamma on the decks he let it flow, showcasing carefully conceptualised imagery and symbolism in his rhymes that ranged from on the fly raps about the police to shout outs to recently deceased Mother City MC, Mr Phat.

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Ndabaningi Mabuye aka Zubz is not your stereotypical ‘boom boom’ hip hop rapper. This is not surprising coming from a man who draws his inspiration from the politically aware lyricist Black Thought. This cat sings about anything from poverty and neo-colonialism to love and relationships. Too bad the rest of Cape Town wasn’t there to watch an MC of the highest calibre strut his stuff!

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