Hip-hop is alive and growing in PMB

2008-03-07 00:00

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ANYONE who believes that music entertainment is missing in Pietermaritzburg must be talking about other genres and not hip-hop.

Hip-hop is alive in the city, thanks to the open mic sessions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal every Thursday. This platform, made possible by the organisation Deep Rooted, aims to provide rappers with a place where they can express themselves.

Chairperson Chumile Ntuli said they created the weekly open mic sessions because of the growing number of rappers and the limited number of places for them to perform, and to have a venue where rappers from out of town can perform. “We are trying to mould our own hip-hop, something that is relevant to our situations rather than listening to overseas hip-hop. We try to have a conversation with ourselves, about ourselves,” added Ntuli.

The Natal Museum also hosts hip-hop shows on a regular basis. The recent show featured rappers who flowed in IsiZulu and IsiXhosa, to the delight of the audience. Others spat punch-lines in English. The show was entertaining and provided dancers with a platform to showcase their talents. They break-danced and “kranked”, a new dance move associated with hip-hop. The show was hosted by rapper “Simple” and featured Oxygen “Laaz”, beat maker “Bastinado” and Champ.

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