Hanging With... Deep Level

2010-04-10 10:55

Their relationship . . . Lebza: ­Kgaoza and I fight

almost as much as we get along. It’s probably ­because we have known each other

since primary school and act like brothers. We’re stuck with each ­other –

period.


Their debut album . . .
Kgaoza:

This CD will always be special to us ­because we experienced at first hand just

how much work and money goes into recording an album. There were times when a

third of our salaries was spent on the producer, Omen. It is easy to take

something for ­granted if someone has to pay for you. After the stress and

hardship we went through, we know our ­album’s true value – priceless.


Music influence . . .
Kgaoza: Our tracks reflect

the South African way of life. We’re inspired by local culture and veteran

musicians such as Joe Nina, whose Ntomb’zodwa we sampled on My Baby.


Sama nomination . . .
Lebza: This is our very

first time being nominated, so we’re very excited. We would have preferred to be

nominated in the best newcomer or best rap ­categories, but we’ll take whatever

we can get for now, and hope we take the Sama home.


Former Hidden Force members ­­ . . .
The rest of

the guys have moved on, and are now in a different industry. There is no beef

between us. ­After the group broke up, only Lebza, myself and Premo (Gregory

Mabuya) stuck together. Sadly, ­Premo died in a motorbike accident late last

year.


Going to (and staying at) the top . . .
Lebza:

When I produced K’zogo K’zogozo, we expected it to do well, but it far exceeded

Kgaoza’s expectations. We wanted something that would break barriers and launch

Deep Level, and this worked. It is a simple feel-good track that everyone

identifies with and sampled with a club anthem everyone above the age of 20 will

know, You and Me by Keys and Tronics Ensemble.

We Run This City video concept . . . Kgaoza: Lebza, myself and the

guys at Head Honcho (streetwear and lifestyle brand) partnered to come up with a

concept modelled ­after the movie Sin City. There’s a lot of violence, but not

on a bloody scale. What happens is that I’m the head ninja who keeps releasing

my ninja minions from my chest. They have to chase after wanna-be rappers trying

to disturb the real hip-hop movement. It is all visually ­interesting. Just wait

and see.


The local hip-hop industry . . .
­Lebza: I’m

very impressed with our industry because it keeps growing by leaps and bounds

each year.


Staying power . . . Kgaoza :
We plan to be here for a long time to come.

This is just the beginning. We plan to run the city.



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