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Track List
01. Intro (Prod. Beatology) (02’22)
02. 2000 We Shine Ft. Black Dillinger (Prod. El Nino) (03’26)
03. Anti-Xenophobia (Prod. El Nino) (05’07)
04. Better Tomorrow (Prod. Hipe) (04’20)
05. Bambelela Ft. Sugar (Prod. El Nino) (04’44)
06. iSilo (Skit) Ft. Bizzah and Siya (Prod. El Nino / Dplanet) (01’46)
07. Camagu (Prod. El Nino) (04’43)
08. Ivamna (Love Potion) (Prod. Planet Earth) (04’23)
09. Peep This (Skit) (Prod. Dplanet) (01’07)
10. iZtreets Zam (Prod. Hipe) (03’56)
11. Tsotsi (Prod. El Nino) (03’50)
12. Hip Hop SoulJahs Ft. Kanyi and Siya (Prod. Dplanet) (04’21)
13. Sphithiphithi (Prod. Planet Earth) (04’39)
14. Mama Ft. Siya (Prod. Hipe) (04’48)
15. I Miss Home (Prod. El Nino) (04’17)
16. I Will Make It Ft. Siya (Prod. Planet Earth) (04’52)
17. Bless Us Jah Ft. Siya (Prod. El Nino) (04’19)
18. Ngcosiz from Guguletu (Skit) (Prod. Dplanet) (01’13)
19. S’phum’eGugs Ft. Macho and Kanyi (Prod. Planet Earth) (05’41)

Release Date: 11th May 2009
UPC: 6009697911082
Catalog Number: PIONEERCD004


It has begun!

South African hip hop is about to change forever. An epic, earth-rending collision of two cultures coming together, Driemanskap embody the best socially conscious, cutting edge lyricsm of Cape Town, and the passion and deeply felt African pride of the Spaza movement. The result is a hip hop supernova, the shockwave of which will be felt across Mzanzi and beyond.

Hailing from Guguletu’s notorious KYD hood, Driemanskap members Redondo, El Nino, Ma-B and Dla are 4 of the most distinctive, real, unique and talented voices ever to come from the ghettos of the Cape Flats.

Driemanskap cut their teeth at park jams, cyphers, battles and shows for more than 7 years, establishing the beginnings of a cult following in South Africa. In 2005 they 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 illest freestylers, Wordsworth, the UK’s Jonzi D and Ben Sharpa. They drove the crowd wild at Back to the City in 2008.

Having claimed number 1 spot in the Hype magazine ‘Unsigned Hype’ chart, Driemanskap also received nominations for Best Hip Hop Crew, Best Song and Best Mixtape in the 2007 Hype Awards. Driemanskap have released 2 mixtapes, Battle of Gugulethu Vol 1 and Battle of Gugulethu Vol 2. Their street anthem Go and Ask (Hamb’ubuza) also features on Pioneer Unit’s Planetary Assault compilation.

Like many ghetto youth, Driemanskap have been exposed to hardships and frustrations. Their unshakeable desire to prevail has turned adversity into success. Their debut album has been a long time coming and Driemanskap have used Igqabhukil’ Inyongo to vent many years of pent-up frustration, passion, creativity and raw energy.

Translated literally from isiXhosa, Igqabhukil’ Inyongo means ‘the gall bladder bursts’. However, it is a common expression that loosely translates as, ‘things are about to get crazy’ and there’s no false advertising here!

On Igqabhukil’ Inyongo Driemanskap draw inspiration not only from street life in the ghettos of the Cape Flats, they also delve deep into traditional African culture. The album contains moving songs with universal themes of hope, love and the importance of home and family. It also addresses African unity, the determination to stay strong through adversity and Driemanskap’s commitment to their art. The vocal dexterity, fearsome passion and street-hardened lyricism with which Driemanskap deliver each track paints a vivid and moving portrait of kasi life.

Musically, Igqabhukil’ Inyongo is a Spaza masterpiece constructed around classic, rugged hip hop beats. Richly layered samples reference traditional South African music, reggae, soul and jazz. Diverse and well-rounded, the album contains inspirational, soulful melodies, visceral, powerful choruses and chants, and, of course, rugged street anthems.

On production is El Nino, Planet Earth, Hipe, Dplanet and Beatology. Between them, they have helped shape the hip hop landscape in South Africa and beyond, having produced classic material for Pro Kid, Zubz, Teargas, Ben Sharpa, Imbube, Black Lez, Proverb, Wordsworth (USA), Tumi, Nemza (Skwatta Kamp), Ready D, KONFAB, Young Nations and many more.

There are guest features by Kanyi (fresh from rocking the Cape Town Jazz Festival with Rus Nerwich), Black Dillinger (making waves in the international Reggae scene), Siya, Sugar, Macho and Bizzah. Guguletu is definitely in the house!

The gall bladder has burst – and things will never be the same.


“the cats tackle the issue with teeth-bared, bringing in an immediacy to it that goes beyond all the headlines and complacent media bullshit: the raps are insensitive where disgust is called for; angry where most opt for indifference; politically charged where most are ignorant – and yes, hopeful and optimistic where it seems hopeless.”
– Billy Bluntz, Speakerbox

“That raw & relentless rebel-type-rap that wraps Flats slang, English and Xhosa into a nice neat package, before putting a razor to the rhyme and exploding it in a frenzy of unmistakeably unapologetic Kasi ferocity.”
– Billy Bluntz, Speakerbox

“Driemanskap have released a solid album and we are certain that the huge market of fans they’ve won over the years will love it”
– Hype Magazine

“The album is possessive – it catches you from listening range and hauls you in, deeper, until it’s shaking from inside your skull. Like it’s meant to.”
– Billy Bluntz, Speakerbox

“The delivery, flow, catchy hooks, machine gun spittin’ raps and diversity of El Nino, Ma-B, Dla and Redondo does this body of work absolute justice”
– Hype Magazine

“You don’t even have to understand Xhosa to know how dope this album is”
– Hype Magazine

“You must be deaf, dumb and blind not to be moved by this masterpiece”
– Hype Magazine

“The album is filled with bangers and exhibitions of platinum Xhosa lyrical skill.”
– The UnderGround Angle

“Experience the sound that defines Cape Town Spaza rap for yourself.”
– The UnderGround Angle

“El Nino, Ma-B, Dla and Redondo have once again made a classic contribution to South African hip hop.”
– The UnderGround Angle

Download the Igqabhukil’ Inyongo Press Kit (704k)


Where to Buy
Look & Listen (across SA)
Reliable Music Warehouse (across SA)
Musica (across SA)
Ozmic’s Ritual Store, Nr. Carfax, Newtown, Johannesburg
Munks Concept Store, 10 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg
Mabu Vinyl, Rheede St., Cape Town. (021) 423 7635
Shelflife, 119 Loop St., Cape Town. (021) 422 3931
Hi-Five, 34 Kloof St., 5 Mooikloof Centre, Cape Town. (021) 422 5455/6
African Music Store, 134 Long St., Cape Town. (021) 426 0857


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