While in Mafikeng South Africa recently Maisha Yetu Program’s officer Bra Muki caught up with the producer of the banger joint A Dollar a day from the self titled album,Werewolf K9. K9 Born Riyaad Askin a resident of Maftown which is host to notable names such as HHP, Khuli chana,Morafe just to mention but a few.
K9 is an MC , producer and sound engineer at Ghostchyld entertainment. He took time to break down the Hiphop scene in Mzansi and went deeper to describe Maftown Hiphop. On a Q & A Tip this is what K9 shared with us.
Bra Muki: So where did you attend your music school, beat maker?
K9: I never went to music school black. I learned this shit myself. My dad use to play in a band, he was the lead guitarist. So, He taught me the “C” Scale. To be honest Bongo taught me all the scales of the piano. That’s why i can play. I’m still learning the piano and it’s been 3 years already playing it’s hard. Still not a master but I can make a beat on any scale. I used to jam on the violin when I was younger but I thought this was not for me. I now I love them violin pieces on my jams. Bongo is a really good musician and he taught me to be patient and learn these things step by step. Now i don’t struggle no more… Music has become part of me.
k9: Why? Ghostchyld because we represent what real rap stands for. We still believe in the true essence of hip hop and we feel it’s so precious we don’t wanna lose it yo, we trying keep alive inside u – there’s a Ghostchyld in all of us is our slogan. Nah mean!! and
K9: Akili helped alot in terms of direction, I had a trained ear already but his input gave me insight… I’m back on the beats though now. Perfecting my sh*t.. I got a couple of beats in the banks as well but Jason Adams EP was produced by Catalyst… I got other beats that are still cooking.
K9: I met Tearless at breakin wrecordz but even before from the days of lefoko. we just didn’t get a chance to work together then. Anyway, at breaking connectedl. So when i started Gc he came on board now we are working together. We even formed a group even, calling ourselves “Renegades” that is Ooomph, Tearless and I..
K9: My influences would be mcz like Kweli, Mosdef, but most of all Nas. I was a big up Nas fan when I grew up until I discovered Redman, company flow, the likes of common.. oh the list goes on.. but everything influences me. I got this music sh*t in my blood. Love for hip hop unconditional. It’s all I know.. . Oh sh*t, Big pun, Sean price, Boot camp.. This is never gonna end but yeah u know..
K9: I think SA hip hop is featured mostly from Jozi those cats be on TV,lots. I Personally got love for Proverb and Prokid and not forgetting Tumi you know. I feel those are ninjas still keepin it right, since cats ain’t keeping it real no more. Just my opinion.. Hence I gotta get out there and let them hear what I got coz as I said before, I believe in the true essence of hiphop.
K9: Hell Yeah especially Maftown Hiphop. Mafikeng is like the mother of all these musicians out there in Jozi or wherever. Most of them come from maftown or they started their career here and when they needed growth they moved to Jozi . I believe Maftown still keepa the purist essence Word is bon Jovi…
Bra Muki: Who are some of the producers you’ve worked with in Maftown
K9: Firstly, AKili Blaq big up, nuff respek to him u know. I’ve known him for a long time. I met him at lefoko, he know’s as well. All my hits from back in the dayz was on his beatz.. Thainnokhu – he is dope too since back in the day. I’ve with Majah Scales too and I think that’s about it.. Yeah.. and Catalyst who on my team so yeah that’s about it..
K9: . I don’t know much about East Africa but I’m interested in findin out.. u will hav to school me son..ahh got it the A Dollar a day project! Southern Africa meets East Africa towards west Kaboom African Hiphop.
K9: It’s very difficult but my family is supportive. I try to make time for both.. Normally work on weekends… mix during the week… my daughter plays on the floor in the stu while I work.. so, I try to juggle between the two.
Bra Muki: Who are some of the MCs in Maftown you’ve worked with
K9: Apu, Thainnokhu, Gomla Cash, Andyvidual. J-Silva, OOMPH, Bekz selalome, Hara, ja! for now that’s who i can remember.. you owe me a drink black are we done?