Supreme Afrikaans emcee, Jaak, recently had a digital 12″ funded via crowd sourcing through our friends at Africa Unsigned. The result is two Hipe-produced hip hop classic, ‘Ongerep’ and ‘Revolusie’, which are now available for you to download via your favourite iTunes store worldwide.
In the middle of last year we were approached by Jarring Effects to work on a collaborative project called ‘Cape Town Effects’. The project was conceived as a celebration of Jarring Effects’ 10 years of involvement with Cape Town’s independent music scene. We set out to create a forward-looking take on Cape Town hip hop.
The project features Led Piperz (Dub Invaders, High Tone), Dplanet (Pure Solid), Big Space, Jaak, El Nino (Driemanskap), Konfab, Tebz, Ben Sharpa & spo0ky (Pure Solid). The whole project was overseen by Jarring Effects’ studio boss, Lenfant (R;zatz). There is also an accompanying documentary and photo exhibition.
The first tour starts on 1st May with a residency at Les Abattoirs in Bourgoin Jallieu, France. The first show will be at the highly prestigious festival, Nuits Sonores on Saturday May 11th.
Check out a preview of the Cape Town Effect documentary, ‘Mother City Blues’…
We’re really excited to be working on a new project with our friends at French label, Jarring Effects. The project, ‘Cape Town Effects’, is a cross-continental collaboration between music producers, musicians, emcees and visual artists. The project is due to be released in May 2013, along with multiple European tours, workshops and exhibitions. The show will debut at the highly prestigious Nuits Sonores festival in Lyon.
We have been working with Jarring Effects since 2005 when we released music on ‘Cape Town Beats‘. Since then, we have released 2 full Ben Sharpa albums (‘B. Sharpa‘ and ‘4th Density Light Show‘) as well as contributions to various compilations. Jarring Effects have also facilitated numerous international tours.
‘Cape Town Effects’ is a celebration of Jarring Effects’ 10 years of involvement with Cape Town’s independent music scene and we are proud to be part of it. The project features Led Piperz (Dub Invaders, High Tone), Dplanet (Pure Solid), Big Space, Jaak, El Nino (Driemanskap), Konfab, Tebz, Ben Sharpa & spo0ky (Pure Solid). The project will be overseen by Jarring Effects’ studio boss, Lenfant (R;zatz).
We are currently recording at Red Bull Studios in Cape Town. Big up to Richard, Steve, Jake and Ivan as always!
Also, a big thanks to Aki from Eastern Acoustics for supplying us with a whole host of pro audio gear, including some beautiful Focal Twin6 Be monitors, for the duration of recording.
Spaza rapper Rattex recently featured on a collaboration with Jack Parow for the Special Edition re-release of his smash hit album, ‘Eksie Ou’. The track, titled, ‘The Future’, is a banging joint that’s guaranteed to get clubs and festivals going wild.
The special edition of ‘Eksie Ou’ features 6 new tracks including 2 remixes, as well as a one of a kind drinking game for 2-8 players, real dice and a 12 page comic book! It’s a real collectors item.
Driemanskap will be unleashing their brand new video for ‘Izulu Lelam’ on SABC1′s hit TV show, Live Amp, on October 26th at 9pm. This will be the first new track from Driemanskap’s forthcoming album, ‘Hlala Nam’.
‘Izulu Lelam’ is a song of hope dedicated to anyone going through tough times in life. The message of the song is that one day everyone will be free from the chains of hardship because heaven is a place that doesn’t discriminate between rich or poor, black or white.
The video was shot and directed by Ari Kruger from Sketchbook Studios. Ari shot Driemanskap’s previous video, ‘Ivamna (Love Potion)’. He has also just finished shooting the latest Jack Parow video and is an accomplished documentary maker.
The Izulu Lelam video also features actor, model, basketball player and tv presenter, Vincent Ntunja, as a wounded warrior. The warrior is a metaphor for life’s struggle and the indomitable spirit inside everyone who keeps going in the face of adversity. Shot in black and white, the video is as epic and moving as the song itself.
Listen to and download Izulu Lelam right here:
Don’t forget – tune into Live Amp on Friday 26th October at 9pm.
Let’s get #IzuluLelamVideo and #Driemanskap trending on Twitter!
Cream is a product of both the grimy streets of the Cape Flats, and the long tradition of lyrical hip hop in Cape Town. His music is the soundtrack to his trials, tribulations, hopes and ambitions – it’s his passion, his hunger and his salvation.
Cream is first and foremost a lyricist who’s love for the art of hip hop and wordplay is evident on this, his debut album. Cream’s delivery is like an iron fist in a silk glove – his vicious street flows and dark metaphors are balanced by his trademark melodic, ear-pleasing delivery – you’re gonna get slapped silly, but it will feel good!
Cream effortlessly switches between Afrikaans and English, colliding and fusing them together in a lyrical nuclear reaction that is guaranteed to melt concrete.
Bruin Brood, which, literally translated from Afrikaans, means ‘brown bread’ or metaphorically, ‘food for thought’, was produced entirely by legendary Cape Town hip hop icon, Hipe, who is internationally recognised for his soulful, sample-based production. With Hipe on the boards, you know you’re getting timeless classics.
Together, Cream and Hipe are the sound of the streets of Cape Town and Bruin Brood is a certified classic. In Cream’s own words, believe the Hipe!
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:
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.
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’.
A lot of people on Twitter and Facebook have been asking, ‘where’s Ben Sharpa at?’. It’s been 4 years since the release of his critically acclaimed first album, ‘B. Sharpa’, so it’s a fair question. However, it would be a mistake to think that Ben has been taking it easy, or gone into early retirement. Far from it…
The last few years have seen Ben hitting the festival circuit in Europe, performing at prestigious events such as Dour (BEL), Fête de la Musique (FR), Paleo (CH), Extrema (NL), Printemps de Bourges (FR), Batou Fou (Reunion), BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds) (UK), 4 Elements Festival (AUS), Electron (CH), Sziget (HUN), and Rio Loco (FR).
During his time on tour Ben has also worked on a number of collaborations including features with Thavius Beck (US), Copywrite (US), Foreign Beggars (UK), DJ Rhettmatic (US), Wordsworth (US), K-the-I??? (US), John Robinson (US), Siete Neuve (PR), Hi-Tone (FR), DJ Cadik (HU), Grosso Gadgetto (FR), IDEM (FR), Maxine Delporte (FR), Wapi-Wap (FR), Niveau Zero (FR), R-Zatz (FR), Oddateee (US), Blurum 13 (FR), Drum Master D-Kay (RUS), Walter Gross (US), Picore (FR), DTL (FR), Mode9 (NIG), Milanese (UK), Trenton and the Free Radicals (RSA), Tumi (RSA), DJ Oyo (IT) and DJ Kostia (FR).
And this brings us to the present… Ben is about to drop his second album, ’4th Density Light Show’ (4DLS), which is a collaboration with Pure Solid, an audio visual production duo comprised of Dplanet (audio) and spo0ky (visuals).
Drawing heavily on his own experience, and against the backdrop of the 2012 phenomenon – where some believe that humankind will undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation – Ben Sharpa has created a body of work that challenges the listener to transform their own lives using the power of positive thought and action. The album is set to drop on Jarring Effects in late May, 2012. Watch this space!
Check out the video for the first single, ‘Heroes’, which was shot on location in Cederberg Wilderness and Cape Town by spo0ky…