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South African Hip Hop Awards 2014

While the South African hip hop music scene owes its origins to Kwaito, since spreading its wings in the early 1980’s, the popular music genre has firmly found its roots in the South African music culture. Creative lyricists and artists alike are producing rhymes, verses and poetry in ways that reveal South Africa’s rich diversity, pushing the hip hop scene to new heights.

As the country’s hip hop heads prepare to head to Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre for this year’s instalment of the SAHHA, Who’s Who SA caught up with Tsas-Man, Nema Wama – Hunguni and Lwansta, who’ve all been nominated in various categories to learn more about their musical journeys.

Inspired by music from an early age…

Lwantsa: At the tender of 6, my uncles introduced me to Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP album. I appreciated the ways in which he brought music to life through storytelling and that he was never afraid of saying exactly what he was thinking.

Through Eminem’s inspiration my current mixtape, NORMVL, explores introspection, depression, learning to adapt to being away from home, heartbreak and just stories about people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting – things I learnt from Eminem himself.

Lwansta, 2014 SAHHA  Mixtape of the Year nominee

Nema: Around the early 1990’s, Ndishavhelafhi Muyahavho (shaba) introduced me to hip hop. Of course at the time I did not understand what the music meant, but I loved how the beats were crafted. Listening to them I managed to pave my own way in the hip hop scene.

Understanding music as a craft…

Lwansta: I developed an interest in producing music from the time I was thirteen years old. I began to write and compose my own lyrics, focusing heavily on rhyme and flow. Jumpy bubblegum raps were my thing (laughs).

My first rap verse was an 8 bar verse which could easily have been confused for a nursery rhyme. Nonetheless, I would perform it everyday after school, while one of my close friends beat-boxed for me in front of my classmates. Round about that time I rapped under the alias LDN – my initials.

Career highlight…

Tsas-man:  I was proud of my team and when we hosted my birthday celebration which was made up of a line-up that featured only hip hop DJs and performances. The venue was at a club in Welkom that is predominately white-owned. It was amazing to see how hip hop crossed racial, religious and social barriers to unite everyone under one roof.

Nema: For me it has to be the founding of the first hip hop radio station in South Africa.

Lwansta: I’d say this nomination because not too long ago I was nominated in the same category at Durban’s Original Material Awards. I left the awards disappointed because I didn’t win, only for the SAHHA gods to lift my spirits and give me hope again.

Hopeful about the South African music industry…

Tsas-man: The South African music industry is getting wiser. Artists are steadily taking interest in the business side of the art thus empowering themselves more than just performing for the perks of being famous. If such should continue, our music industry will develop into a lucrative one which will ensure a bright future.

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Tsas-man, 2014 SAHHA King of Free State nominee

Lwansta: I think let’s start by applauding the fact that the evidence of an actual future is visible to everyone. My word we’ve grown! I think the one thing that held us back as an industry is that we were always given the backseat.  But now it’s safe to say that South African hip hop has become more recognised. Thanks to guys like AKA, our kind are given so much more respect. We’re becoming more of a force that cannot be ignored.

What hip hop fans can expect next…

Tsas-man: I’ll be continuing my work as a presenter and producer for radio, and promoting local hip hop talent.

Nema: I’m focused on building Bomo Media Group (BMG) beyond what it currently offers.

Nema Wama- Hunguni, 2014 SAHHA King of Limpopo nominee

Lwansta: I recently entered “Finding Fresh/ Lock The Flow” hosted by Miller Geniune Draft. The competition requires that you jump on a beat uploaded by the organisers and drop 16 bars. I made the top 10 out of more than 100 submissions, so I’m currently collecting votes. The prize is a chance to record the full song off that beat with Tibz (ShowLove), and perform it at their New Year’s Eve parties as well as a R10 000 cash prize.

I’m also focused on pushing NORMVL, my latest album, to its limits.

5 Surprising facts you probably didn’t know about Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a world icon loved and admired the world over. Although a good part of his life was publicised, here are some interesting facts you probably never knew about him:Nelson mandela commemoration

Mandela took 50 years to complete his degree

In 1939, Nelson Mandela together with Oliver Tambo formed South Africa’s first black law firm. At the time, Mandela only had a two year diploma, and finally managed to complete his degree 50 years later.

He ran away from home

Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the leader of the Tembu people in the Eastern Cape wanted to marry Mandela off through an arranged marriage. Hearing of this, 22 year-old Mandela left Mqhekezweni, his ancestral home to work as a security guard in Johannesburg.

Mandela was nearly named after a nuclear weapon

In honour of Mandela, a new nuclear particle from the The University of Leeds was almost named the “Mandela Nelson”. However, due to the discovery of faulty equipment, the idea was cancelled.

His favourite dish was traditional

Being a president and a world icon at that comes with many perks, including the chance to indulge in as many cuisines as you please. Yet Mandela’s favourite food was still uhlanga – the Xhosa term for the stomach lining of farm animals.

Mandela had a stint in Malcolm X’s biopic

By any means necessary. These are the last four famous words Nelson Mandela refused to repeat from Malcolm X’s speech. It is believed that the former head of state would not conform in fear of being misinterpreted by the South African government as perpetrating violence. Consequently,  film director, Spike Lee, had no choice but to end the 1992 biopic  with footage of Malcolm X himself delivering the call to action.

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Written by Portia Mthembu, Online Web Administrator at Who’s Who.

Making your Who’s Who profile work for you

In the last weeks we’ve had a number of users ask us about the benefits of becoming a Who’s Who member. So we’ve taken this time to walk you through some of our great features and show you how you can make your Who’s Who profile work for you.

For years, Who’s Who has been the leading platform for professional brand management, both for people of stature and the general public. As a Who’s Who member, you can build an extensive network of associates which will be beneficial for your online reputation and which will enable you to promote your professional experience.

Based on the information contained on your professional profile, our ranking system will track your progress, enabling you to earn various noteworthy badges that will distinguish you from the rest and stand you in good stead of recognition from some of the region’s top recruiters; as is true of Joseph Ndaba.

In the following clip, the IT professional from Johannesburg shares his Who’s Who success story that resulted in his current position as First National Bank’s Banking System’s Training Consultant.

Joseph Ndaba relays his Who’s Who success story

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