Duo preserves language through rap music

2018-05-31 06:01
The rap duo XhosaTribe performing one of their songs in a studio.                                            PHOTOS: supplied

The rap duo XhosaTribe performing one of their songs in a studio. PHOTOS: supplied

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Their love for music and language saw two artists coming together to form a rap duo called XhosaTribe.

Silindokuhle Baka, who hails from Greenfields, and Langa resident Sandisile Ntleki come from different communities, but their love for their mother tongue brought them together.

The duo told City Vision the mission behind their content is to preserve their beloved language through art.

“We articulate our rap music in an attempt to preserve the heritage of Xhosa customs, norms and traditions. As things stand, we saw that our language was slowly but surely dying. So we declined to remind our people about who we are and what we stand for,” said Baka.

They saw a huge gap in the mainstream music, when they noticed one hardly heard any music in Xhosa being played.

“As XhosaTribe we wanted people to realise we are here. The reception has been warm from our people and they realise we are there to serve them,” said Baka.

The duo say they are also planning to relocate to Johannesburg next year, where they believe they would have plenty of opportunities for their music to reach a larger audience.

Baka said it is difficult to craft a career in music in Cape Town, as the opportunities are very limited.

In 2015-’16, the group recorded their first project at Redbull Studios in Cape Town, where they worked with the likes of Lungisa Xhamela from SA Idols and Whosane Pangae.

“The year 2016 was a highlight for us, as we were also nominated for the Redbull Music Academy in New York. To us, a nomination alone speaks volumes. We scooped a bunch of bookings and sold a lot of units online.”

The duo has also had their music playlisted on national radio stations like uMhlobo Wenene FM, Tru FM, uKhozi FM, Lesedi FM and other commercial radio stations, despite being independent artists.

They were also nominated by Hype Magazine as the promising rap artists in 2015 and 2016.

. You can follow the duo on their Facebook page, XhosaTribe.

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