In 2001 the Cape Flats township of Gugulethu gave birth to a force of nature that would come to be known as Driemanskap. This 4-man crew, made up of members El Nino, Ma-B, Redondo and Dla, has gone from strength to strength, driving crowds crazy with their high energy, hurricane-like performances.
Driemanskap form the vanguard of the new generation of proudly South African Hip Hop artists who understand that Hip Hop, more than any other musical art form, is about addressing important issues and representing where you’re from. They are one of the pioneers of the Spaza movement, representing Cape Town with a rhyme style that combines their mother tongue, isiXhosa, with English and Cape Flats slang.
One of the hardest working crews in Cape Town, Driemanskap have paid their dues performing all over South Africa, always taking their music to the people at park jams and community events, as well as major corporate events and festivals.
One of the few Cape Town hip hop acts of recent years to break into the Joburg-dominated music scene, Driemanskap have had their videos played on SABC1’s prime time music show, Live Amp on many occassions. They have also appeared on the show twice. Their videos are always on heavy rotation on Channel O, MTV Bass and Trace. Their break-out street anthem, S’phum’eGugs, was number 1 on the 5FM’s Hip Hop Power Nights’ chart for over a month.
Driemanskap take pride in having shared the stage with some of Mzantsi’s most prominent performers such as Simphiwe Dana, Robbie Jansen, Pitch Black Afro, Pro Kid, Ntando, Ready D and Stompie Mavi. They have also collaborated with South African music legend Ringo Madlingozi.
In 2005 Driemanskap took part in the Baobab Festival where they opened for the legendary New York Hip-Hop crew Dead Prez. Anyone who was there that night will tell you that Driemanskap stole the show! They also took part in the 2006 Tri-Continental Festival, warming up the stage for one the New York’s hip hop icon, Wordsworth, the UK’s Jonzi D and Ben Sharpa. Driemanskap have also performed at the Grahamstown Festival, Fire on the Mountain, the Cape Town Festival and Goemarati. They have also been one of the few regular fixtures at South Africa’s biggest Hip Hop festival, Back to the City, where they cause chaos every time they perform.
In 2012, Driemanskap featured in a global TV campaign for Reebok. They are also proud brand ambassadors for South African streetwear company, Butanwear.
Driemanskap are community activists, regularly involving themselves in a variety of social upliftment projects including, Young in Prison and OYI, of which they are founding members.
Driemanskap are always on the grind. Before the release of their début album, Igqhabukil’ Inyongo, they released 2 mixtapes, Battle of Gugulehtu Vol 1 and Battle of Gugulethu Vol 2. They are currently finishing their second album, Hlala Nam, which is guaranteed to propel Driemanskap to where they belong, at the highest level of the South African music industry.
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