The Durban Hip hop Festival went down this past weekend and I think the Durban creative scene is making a major comeback. KwaZulu Natal has always been respected across the country’s musical landscape. It is the home of some of the country’s greatest exports. It is also the playground of SA’s party scene. I mean Cape Town is great when it’s great. Joburg is the home of some of the country’s most premium and exclusive media gigs. But Durban is definitely a fan favourite, it has that “you have a license to lose your mind”.
Hip hop is the staple sound track of all South African youth. Many emerging subcultures are either an offspring of the culture or an alternate expression of it. The 3rd annual #YHHF2016 wasn’t only received incredibly well by young Durbanites but also celebrated the success of the country’s freshest crop of talent with a showcase of 100% local hip hop in true South Africa fashion.
Who knew that from the origins of Kwaito which in one way or another was also influenced by Hip hop music. It is a form of rebellion, a way to express and address social ills and uplifting social content. This event took place at the famous Moses Mabhida people’s park, which is known to have the capacity to hold thousands of party goers.
If you’ve been to Durban for any of the prestigious events the Municipality of KZN has been hosting, you’ll know that the Zulu Kingdom can be a really good host.
All of the country’s hip hop heavy weights still insist on taking every bit of their performance a step further and a few notches higher. From AKA’s crazy state convoy on his rider to KO’s insatiable presence on stage. Cassper loses keys to the city in between crowd surfing and doing the Gwara gwara. Emtee definitely has the hearts of young people, we can all see a bit of us in him. The boy next door look.
Okmalumkoolkat is probably the most influential artist to come from KZN, Leading a digital frontier of creatives across disciplines with a sound that could be compared to a white wedding, something new, something old and something borrowed. He’s unapologetically Zulu and his ability to fuse languages and his command new wave of tongue and cheek slang is special. He does it with such authority and finesse. Kwesta is quite possibly the busiest rapper in as far as live shows and bookings are concerned. Ma-E, Nadai Nakai, Gemini Major, Riky Rick, Dreamteam and Many other rappers were present in the moment.
In the end, what it all boils down to is, rappers are eating. They are the youth of this country and well major shout out to the Municipality of Durban for holding down. We need one in every city.