Pumping the beats

By Drum Digital
02 July 2016

Hip-hop star Anatii welcomes us into his luxurious home to talk about his overseas adventures, debut album and musical influences

By Koketso Mashika

He's one of those rare artists who have a collection of charttopping hits under their belt – but have never released an album.

We can only imagine the impact his first album will make, but we won’t have to imagine for too long – fans of hip-hop star Anathi Mnyango, better known as Anatii, will be delighted to know that he’s putting the finishing touches to his highly-anticipated debut, Electronic Bushman.

We visit the 23-year-old muso and producer at his home in Sandton, one of Johannesburg’s affluent northern suburbs.

Situated at what many would consider the perfect address, in a high-security estate, the three-level house is an architectural work of art with top-end finishes in neutral shades.

From the reception area, we are led to a lounge, tastefully decorated in a blend of sophistication and luxury.

“The house is modelled on the theme of a Chinese courtyard,” explains Anatii. “It’s a place where I spend a lot of time and it is designed to bring tranquility and Zen.”

What’s his favourite room in the house? “The studio for obvious reasons,” he responds.

The state-of-the-art studio he prides himself on is nestled a level below the ground floor.

The Hip-Hop star was born in Bisho in the Eastern Cape and started making beats when he was in high school.

He’s come a long way: he only landed back in SA a few hours before our interview - he’s been in the United States working with some international talent to put the final polish on his album.

He’s hit the ground running with one interview after another lined up, he tells us as Kanye West’s latest album plays in the background.

Read more in 7 July issue of DRUM

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