With apps, programmes and the Internet in general making it easy for everybody and their mother to “drop a project”, authenticity is somewhat lacking in the greater hip-hop mix. But as what excites me is the growth of spaza, and Afrikaans rap in particular.
I’ve either performed or collaborated with these folks and can say they’re certified – hood approved. Simon Witbooi is currently one of the emcees at the forefront of Afrikaans rap, an “edutainer” and a great advocate for the movement. Apart from his appearances on television as either performer or presenter, he’s also actively involved with the akTV as part of their songwriting school.
In my humble opinion, Siepsokkie (Martin Muller) is without a doubt one of the greatest –your favourite Afrikaans emcee’s favourite Afrikaans emcee. Part of the Boesman Kamp Collective and Ill Major Movement, this brother is active in the community using hip hop and skating as media to guide the youth in seeking alternatives to a life of crime.
For live performances, but mainly spoken word events try Inzync poetry sessions in Stellenbosch.
And an honourable mention to Sir Isaac mutant – Dookoom frontman and one of the forefathers of Afrikaans emceeing.