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Encompassing Hip Hop in all it's sub-genre forms, whether that be old skool or progressive. Some rap records may not be included if they are heavily stylised musically in a recognised genre far removed from the hip-hop style.

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 (Kanyi Mavi, Sivuyile Notywala)


 10 out of 10 “Utterly perfect” Hip Hop / Rap

 Kanyisa means to illuminate in the Xhosan tongue. I have no doubt Kanyi Mavi achieves this - to paraphrase the lady herself - I know ‘dope’ when I hear it, no matter the tongue. Kanyi’s a female MC who rhymes in her aforementioned mother tongue, and focuses on social issues relating to modern-day South Africa. She began performing at open mic sets around Cape Town South Africa from 2002. International ears were alerted after she’d opened for Mos Def at the 2009 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Her magnificent “Ingoma” was released as a single in the summer of 2011, and was included on her debut album “Intombi-Zifikile” (trans: “The Women Have Arrived”) in 2012. On the single, her ferocious delivery challenges society to think twice about a myriad of moral issues, her metaphorical phrasing warning about the dire consequences of staying silent and doing nothing in the face of oppressive behaviour. The first verse, for example, speaks about abusive relationships, and violence against women in particular. She ain't dealing in voodoo as her ritualistic overtones might suggest at first glance - but the end result could be just as deadly for those who pay no heed. The possessed violin playing of Teboho Semela is a key ingredient of the piece, and the menacing beats, from producer Sivuyile 'mananz' Notywala, seal the deal on this transglobal bam-bam, straight outta Cape Town.

Some favourite artists:

Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Aesop Rock, Mos Def

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