Friday the 13th lucky for music duo

2018-07-11 06:02
Akim (left) and Kalepz admiring their work on the single and video, which will be released on Friday (13/07).Photo: Boipelo Mere

Akim (left) and Kalepz admiring their work on the single and video, which will be released on Friday (13/07).Photo: Boipelo Mere

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A pure love for music and hard work have finally paid off for two young local artists, Akhona Ntsenge, also known as Akim, and Kealeboga Moshweu, also known as Kalepz, who will be launching their first single, “6Ek’seni”, as well as its video, on Friday (13/07).

For the pair, the much-anticipated single is a dream come true, and it is proof that working in a team can take the talent in the Northern Cape far.

They had decided to bypass the challenges they faced by operating indepen­dently from a Galeshewe-based backyard studio, the Greenroom Studio, where many artists get the light to realise their dreams.

They both committed themselves to collaborating in order to build their brand back in 2009.

They currently fall under the Kimberley-based Rugged Camp Records and Publishers, and their single was produced by Chedder Cheese, while the mix and mastering was done by Guster.

Express Northern Cape had the courtesy of being one of the selected few to be invited to watch the video first at the studio on Monday (09/07).

It carries a strong reflection of Kimberley, mainly the language used in Galeshewe, and the lifestyle that the youth is exposed to in this environment.

The video also features several hard-working artists and models in the background.

Akim, a former learner of the William Pescod High School, has released at least two solo mix tapes titled Truth is revealing in 2009 and Sign of the times.

He said at that time he had not really been business-minded and the songs were available for free download on various websites.

Growing up in a music-loving family, and thanks to his mom, he had developed a love for rap music in 2004 after Skwatta Kamp released their album titled Mkhukhu.

That, according to him, is what drove him to sign with a Bloemfontein-based producer and get more exposure to the music industry.

Kalepz, on the other hand, is a former learner of the Emang Mmogo High School who got his exposure to music from a young age, as they owned a tavern.

“I was fortunate to get enough exposure to trends and updates, which aroused my interest in hip hop. That is where I started freestyle and battle dance with my friends from school,” revealed Kalepz.

He reportedly formed a crew with his friends. They called themselves Zapfam and released a mix tape for the fun of things.

“By then we were getting bookings and enjoyed being young crowd pullers, not looking at the business side of things.

“That mix tape did very well in terms of downloads, as I can still hear it and get positive feedback. It really earned me a name in the industry.”

He highlighted that his collaboration with Akim had in fact broadened his horizons in the music industry, as he realised that he could go far with his talent.

Gerald Johnson, Rugger Camp manager, said how proud they were of their work and acknowledged everyone who had chipped in to make the album a success.

Johnson said this was a chance for local talent to be put on the national map, as most artists who make it forget about Galeshewe.

“This is also aimed at serving as a reminder that we are here. This album celebrates the realities among young people,” Johnson emphasised.

“The fact that our language is different, should serve as a strong point. This is the language of a rainbow nation where we can use up to five languages in one sentence.”

Apart from featuring these two artists at functions, Rugged Camp Records and Publishers are also well known for hosting the annual All Guns Blazing strictly hip-hop event for local artists in December.

No plans are in place to have any physical copies of the single available, only from electronic downloads.

The artists can be followed on social media by using @kalepzbantwana and @akimkimberly.

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