We’re loving Venda rapper and Capricorn FM radio personality Vusi Alphaa’s video for his single Chakalaka, which features fellow Venda rappers Mass The Difference and HaaNdi Yellow.
“This is hard Venda raps,” Alphaa tells #Trending. “We believe Venda is the future – which is the title of my debut EP that’s being released in November.”
Alphaa says he’s been rapping since he was 16 and was inspired by his mother.
The single currently has 600 downloads on SlikourOnLife.
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Here’s why we love what Vusi is serving:
1. That downtempo beat
The lilting guitar lick, nostalgic, you’ve heard it before ... but where?
It’s actually an original beat crafted by Dane da Beatmaker, a Congolese South African residing in Joburg.
The beat’s guitar reminds us of Travis Scott’s Highest in the Room.
“I wanted the beat to sound mellow, like when you’re swallowing chakalaka,” says Alphaa.
“And I wanted Dane to make the drums match a hearbeat when you’ve had chakalaka.”
2. This dancing at 1 minute 40 seconds
It’s a turn-up in the basement and everyone’s having a good time. This jig just put a smile on our face.
3. The kitchen that is everyone’s kitchen
The black marble countertops, the saucepan, the extractor fan. Either it’s your kitchen or you have a friend who has a kitchen just like this. Either way, we love seeing it in a hip-hop track. More like this, please.
4. The shirt we all have
Cotton On, Mr Price, H&M. Every store now sells a T-shirt with Friends written on it, and we love that the hun in this video is wearing it. She’s your best friend and she’s cooler than cool.
5. The colour grading
The scratchy, VHS tape-type grading on this works very well with the feel of the beat. Whoever decided on that, well played. Alphaa directed the video with his brother Adroid, who has one of the biggest studios in Venda. It was shot in Polokwane and Pretoria, and the robbery scene was shot in Sunnyside.
- Follow him on Twitter @vusialphaa