Sending a positive message through hip-hop

2012-07-05 00:00

WHEN Brian Khoza wrote his first poem a few years ago, he didn’t realise that poetry would be such a big part of his life. He has since written over 10 000 poems about his life experiences, and is currently writing a book made up of poems to women, titled Letters to Sisters.

Speaking to The Witness about the book, the self-proclaimed former “badboy”, said: “I hope that this will help guys relate to women better.”

The Pietermaritzburg-born hip-hop artist, who is also known as Tha Playmaka, started writing when he was in primary school.

“I borrowed a book from a friend, and she had song lyrics and poetry. I thought ‘wow’, I can also do that and then started writing my own stuff,” he said.

Khoza’s first poem was about a leaf. The poem wasn’t really inspired by anything, it was just his way of trying to be a poet. He then went on to write some more.

“I write from personal experiences. I don’t preach.

I also believe that being a good person is good karma and good energy.”

He also writes a poem weekly, which is published on his blog thaplaymaka. on Fridays, known as Tha Playmaka Poetry Fridays.

The poet also had a keen interest in music, and loved Michael Jackson and his dance moves. In 1992, he was introduced to, and discovered a different type of music — hip-hop.

“I was very fascinated by Snoop Dogg, and what he sang about. He sang about girls and politics.”

Khoza, who has an album called PMB POISON: Personal Moral Regeneration, finds that people sometimes misunderstand the message behind hip-hop, which is a way of expressing oneself, and feels that the message is not always a bad one.

“It is all about growth. We are just trying to send a positive message.”

Most of the people Khoza respects and looks up to are in the hip-hop industry.

He finds inspiration from media mogul Russel Simmons, who was also one of the founding members of United States music label Def Jam records.

“He is a revolutionary. He is very successful, and has created a lot of opportunities for people. I would like to follow in his footsteps,” he said.

American rapper Nas, South African rapper Khuli Chana and PMB group District 13, have also earned his respect.

He has big plans for his future, and they include performing around the country, continent and the rest of the world.

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