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Ewe Nje by Rattex featured in new Halls commercial

October 4, 2012 Media, Music, News, Video No Comments

This is one of the reasons we object to being called an ‘underground’ hip hop label. Sure, we put out music that doesn’t fit the standard pop radio format, but don’t get it twisted, we’re not trying to starve out here!

We recently placed Rattex’s street banger, ‘Ewe Nje’, in a Halls commercial. The track, produced by Hipe, is about how mainstream media has turned its back on real street music, preferring the image-conscious to the conscious. In the hook, Rattex proclaims that, ‘they can try, but they’ll never stop us – for real!’

‘Ewe Nje’ can be found on Rattex’s extended EP, ‘Streets, Raps & Us’. You can order the CD or download the music by visiting our online store.

Check out the Halls commercial…

…and check out the video for Ewe Nje…

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Intergalactic Crew – new posse cut by Hipe | New music

August 16, 2012 Music, News, Releases No Comments

Intergalactic Crew

Hipe, the producer behind some of Pioneer Unit’s biggest tracks, is putting the finishing touches to his long-awaited project, ‘Hiperspace’. To give you a taste of what to expect, Hipe has released the first single, an epic posse cut called ‘Intergalactic Crew’ featuring HC, Cream, Rattex, Ben Sharpa, DJ Codax, Damola, N’veigh, Blaklez, Jaak and Linz.

The track is available to buy from our online shop:

For the Soundcloud massive:

Listen on Twitmusic

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New: Bravo Papa by Jaak | Video

August 7, 2012 News, Releases, Video No Comments

Check out this brand new video by Jaak. It’s the first video from his new album, ‘Galant’ which is coming out later this year. The track is called ‘Bravo Papa’ and is based on the real-life story of crooked cops who were busted in Paarl, as reported in the Paarl newspapers.

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New: Embroidered Pioneer Unit Shield Badge | Merch

August 5, 2012 Merchandise, News No Comments

Embroidered Pioneer Unit Shield Badge

Show that you’re a Pioneer Unit soldier with our brand new high-quality embroidered plain-backed (sew-on) badges of the Pioneer Unit shield.

Silver white stitching on black cotton twill backing cloth with black embroidered edge.

The badges are fully machine washable and totally colour fast, these badges will NOT fade.

Badges are 5.5cm (width) x 7cm (height).

Embroidered Pioneer Unit Shield Badge

Embroidered Pioneer Unit Shield Badge

ORDER NOW at our ONLINE STORE
Only R20 + postage

Pay by credit card, Paypal, electronic transfer (EFT) or cash deposit.

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‘I Remember’ – Ben Sharpa SAE After Dark Session | New Music

G.O.D.s

Back in April, Pioneer Unit was invited to take part in the ‘After Dark‘ sessions at the SAE Institute in Cape Town. Hipe supplied a banger and Ben took care of business, dropping verses on the subject of ‘fallen heroes’.

SAE have released the project which consists of a track and a promo video. The track is called ‘I Remember’ and is dedicated to fallen heroes of all kinds.

Here’s the video…

Here’s the track, it’s FREE to download…

Download from Twitmusic

Download from Kasi.MP3

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Driemanskap CDs now available at Shesha Stores through Butan’s support of #PlayLocalOrDie

Pioneer Unit and our partners Butanwear are proud supporters of the #PlayLocalOrDie campaign which aims to push a patriotic agenda by celebrating South African arts and culture. As part of Butan’s commitment to this campaign, they have partnered with Shesha Stores across the country to make local music CDs available in all their outlets. Driemanskap’s classic first album, Igqabhukil’ Inyongo, will be among the first CDs to be available at all Shesha outlets for the next four months.

Butan / Shesha In-Store Promo

The CDs will be prominently displayed in all Shesha outlets and the music will be played on the store’s sound system. By supporting this campaign you will be doing your bit to ensure the viability of proudly South African businesses. Get yourself down to your local Shesha store and while you’re buying your Butan gear, cop yourself a Driemanskap CD.

Butan / Shesha In-Store Promo

Help spread the word by tweeting #PlayLocalOrDie and link to this blog post.

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Driemanskap’s CD will be available at the following Shesha Stores…

The Zone
Shop FF21
The Zone
Oxford Road
Rosebank
Johannesburg

The Glen
Shop 6
The Glen Mall
50 Del Erven
Cnr. Orpen and Lethaba Str.
Oakdale

Eastgate
Shop L1 AB Level HH
Eastgate Shopping Centre
43 Bradford Avenue
Bedfordview

Sandton
Shop L313
Sandton City Shopping Centre
Cnr Rivonia Rd and 5th Street
Sandhurst Ext 3
Sandton, JHB

Menlyn
Shop UF 80
Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
Cnr Atterbury Rd and Lois Ave
Pretoria

Canal Walk
Shop 271
Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Century City
Milnerton
Cape Town

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Download Izulu Lelam by Driemanskap | New Music

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Driemanskap have released their first new track in over 2 years. The group have been working hard in the studio cooking up a massive follow-up album to their first release, ‘Igqabhukil’ Inyongo’. The new album is going to be called ‘Hlala Nam’ and is expected later this year. The new track is called ‘Izulu Lelam’ which translates as ‘heaven is mine’.

Download at Twitmusic

Download at Kasi.mp3

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Ben Sharpa 4DLS album artwork + international tour news

February 22, 2012 Artwork, News, Releases, Tour News 1 Comment

Ben Sharpa is due to release his second full length solo album in May through French label, Jarring Effects. The project is called 4th Density Light Show or 4DLS for short – it sees him collaborate with audio visual electro-dub crew Pure Solid, both in studio and live. Check out the album artwork…

4DLS Album Cover - Ben Sharpa & Pure Solid

Ben Sharpa and Pure Solid kick off their first international tour together by opening for Roots Manuva in Tourcoing (France) on 23rd April. The final date is at IOMMA Festival in Reunion Island on 30th May. Stay tuned for full tour details.

Before the release of 4DLS, Ben Sharpa will be dropping an 8 track EP called The Transition. It features John Robinson, Siete Nueve, Gin-i Grindith, Snazz the Dictator, Ootz tha Afronaut and Tebz. Production by Beatology, Hipe, Kanife and Dplanet.

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Driemanskap host iFani and Ill Skills at Jukebox Sessions

December 5, 2011 Live, News, Photos No Comments

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It’s always a tough challenge for a promoter to change the venue of a successful night. Driemanskap’s monthly spaza jam, Jukebox Sessions, had become so popular that it had outgrown the capacity of Ragazzi on Long Street – a move was necessary.

Driemanskap also had a heavy tour schedule which meant they had to postpone the re-launch at their new venue, Platinum Lounge, by a couple of months. After a reduced turn-out for the first event at the new venue, the crowd was back in full force for last Saturday’s jam that featured Ill Skills and iFani.

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Ill Skills put on a tight show with a mixture of new material from Skills That Pay the Bills, as well as some crowd favourites from The Battle of Gugs compilation that had the everyone signing, “This one’s for you, and you!”. Gugs was most definitely in the building.

Jukebox Sessions 009

Driemanskap then tore up the stage with their trademark entrance of traditional chanting and foot stamping, before launching into a set that featured songs from their forthcoming album, Hlala Nam. The rowdy crowd were treated to a performance of One Day that could quite easily be the biggest hip hop track in SA in 2012. Driemanskap were then joined on stage by Macho, Kanyi, Uno, Planet Earth, Crosby and a gang of photographers to tear the roof off Platinum Lounge with an epic performance of their street hit, S’phum’eGugs. The energy was electric and the crowd went wild.

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Last up was iFani who became known for his single Ewe earlier this year. He entertained the crowd with his combination of showmanship, humourous lyrics and ‘crenk’ beats.

Check out the whole set of 93 photos on Flickr or Facebook.

Follow Driemanskap on Twitter: @Driemanskap, or connect with them on their Facebook page.

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Driemanskap’s Jukebox Sessions back in full force with iFani

November 24, 2011 Live, News No Comments

After taking a short break whilst on tour, Driemanskap have re-launched their massively successful monthly live event, Jukebox Sessions.

The event became so popular at the previous venue, Raggazzi, that hundreds of people were left disappointed outside, unable to get in because it was so overcrowded – you could feel the floorboards creaking under the weight. Jukebox Sessions has now moved to Platinum Lounge on Shortmarket Street, which is just around the corner from the original venue.

Driemanskap started the Jukebox Sessions as a platform to showcase the best in Cape Town hip hop. It is one of the few events in Cape Town to feature Spaza (vernacular) hip hop so heavily. The event has an intimate, ‘family’ atmosphere which is partly due to Kritsi’s hosting and unscripted comedy routines, where he regularly makes fun of the performers. The event is also a platform for up and coming artists to demonstrate their skills.

The latest instalment of Jukebox Sessions, on Saturday 3rd December, will feature iFani, who has become popular for his hilarious isiXhosa lyrics and infectious beats. His breakthrough hit, Ewe, has been on heavy rotation on TV and radio stations across South Africa. This will be his first performance in Cape Town.

Alongside iFani, expect performances by Ill Skills, Uzwi Kantu, Ma-B and Driemanskap. DJ Zwai and Beatology will be providing beats. Platinum Lounge is at 88 Shortmarket Street. R30 entrance.

If you want to experience Cape Town hip hop at its most raw, exciting and fun, make sure you don’t miss the next Jukebox Session. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

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