K.O on the making of his hit song Rainbow and his time in lockdown

K.O has been making music during the lockdown.
K.O has been making music during the lockdown.
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South Africa’s song of hope during the lockdown, Rainbow, topped the Radiomonitor SA Top 100 Chart. Speaking to DRUM, artist and rapper, K.O, who worked on the production of the song, says that it was a bit of a challenge recording the song.

“It was pretty challenging because we recorded it during the lockdown so this meant that everything was done remotely. We were never at any point or time in the same studio as Msaki, J’Something or the Qwabe twins.

“Through the wonders of the internet – it’s a pure reflection of the times we are in now – everything is possible, we don’t have to do everything in the physical form,” K.O says.

“The fact that it was so positively received by SA radio and the people on the ground is quite humbling. It’s just a song we created to inspire people during the lockdown, to have as a beacon of hope.”

K.O says that recording the song 'Rainbow' was a bit challenging.

“The fact that it has done so well is amazing, we’re grateful to the people of South Africa and beyond,” he said.

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Besides Rainbow, the rapper has also been doing some work with former Teargas member, Ma-E seeing the release of their song Navigator on the 27th of May. “Ma-E is my big brother, so release of this song on this new platform that we have through Skhanda World is amazing.”

“Through Skhanda World, I’m able to reach out and work with the people that really matter to me and open the doors for new artists which is really important. Ma- E is one of the people that have helped us launch this movement which has seen some great growth,” K.O says.

“We’ve had to continue on and figure out new ways on how to survive”

The pandemic and subsequent lockdown has had an impact on everyone’s lives, in different spheres and the entertainment industry was not spared. K.O shared that the lockdown has affected him the same way as it has affected everyone. “We’ve had to continue on and figure out new ways on how to survive”, he says. “It has altered my plans on the release of music, and a lot of things we had planned for Skhanda World. We’ve had to put a lot of it on pause given the time we find ourselves in but regardless of this we are still creating – the journey continues,” he added.

Outside of his music, the star said that he’s been finding other ways to stay sane while at home during the lockdown. “I have been keeping busy around the house,” he says. “I’m fortunate enough to have someone who does my gardening for me but since they couldn’t come because of restrictions I had to do that and some general housework as well.”

“I really enjoyed this, it was one of the things that kept me sane. I also started figuring my way around the kitchen and I’m happy to say that my cooking skills have gotten better,” he joked.

“Beyond that, I’ve also been doing some work on the clothing range that we have as Skhanda World. We’ve been refining the winter range and it should be in Studio 88 stores on the 1st of July. I’m really looking forward to putting it out there and seeing how people will respond to the new range,” he added.

K.O says that him being an introvert has helped keep his creative flow going through the pandemic. “I haven’t stopped working. I’ve probably written a whole gang of songs, with Rainbow being a part of those and some new records that are still going to come out,” he shared. “I’ve really been able to continue at the same pace and possibly more during this time.”

The rapper released SHIMMY, the next single after Flight School on his new album PTY UnLTD on the 1st of this month. “I’ve been waiting anxiously to get to a point where I can make this song the focal point of this album and here we are.”

“I’m looking forward to see how people receive it. I think in the next week we should be shooting the video. The visuals are going to be insane, we haven’t been slacking as far as that is concerned and we will continue raising the bar,” he ended.

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