In the post-apartheid Nation of South Africa, in the Northwest province of Mafikeng, poets and rappers from different part of Africa usher in 2012 rapping, speaking in poetic tongues and an array of native idioms ranging from Sheng, Swahili, isiZulu, Setswana, Pidgin, Motswako. This project was called A Dollar a Day, the theme urging responsible leadership, and including youth in political decision-making.
Fast forward to the summer of 2012 inside Dextraw studio here resides MM3rd aka Akili Blaq who is putting the final touches to the sequel of the 2011 production. As a beat maker his acceptance is a resounding nod from the global Hiphop community. His following is a dedicated audience safeguarded by an artistry that spits gems on his versatile compositions. Listening to 3rd one easily concludes porosity to a large array of music; Bhangra, Fela Kuti, T.P. O.K Jazz, Dilla ! This is why Cruz Control vol.1 his latest production released today on the 29th of October 2012 is generating a buzz in the social media with thumbs already clikcking on the download button.
Lefoko abbreviates to LFK, a Hip-hop Movement from Mafikeng, in the North West Province of South Africa, otherwise known as the Motswako republic. LFK continues to dominate the Hiphop culture in the region following the creation of performance spaces since 2003.
3rd says, “Cruz control vol 1 was a limited edition project that was pushed off backpacks. Most of us were unemployed then we couldn’t produce often. During this time I took time to study the craft and any opportunity to arrest vocals of LFK members . In time I acquired better equipment, making more beats and re-mastering CC vol. 1.”
Features on Cruz Control include KT, Bekz, Relevant Source, Thai, Gomez, Andyvidual, Aro, Mo Klaasik, Rhuff, Hara, UK Grym and Dub selector Dj AK, TLS, K9, Nasi repping Sotho Mafia and of course APU runs the show. Since the younger years of LFK MM3rd put in a lot of work in artists’ promotions and event management.
The gravity of A dollar a day still resonates and has received major reviews a number of cultural websites, heavy rotation airplay in radio stations across Africa and foremost in podcasts across the globe including Africa Unbound radio. Now after getting that serious, it is only fair to loosen up today with the release of Cruz Control to Hiphop fans and music lovers all over the world.
Akili Blaq behind the production boards with chutzpah fingers tuning a crisp production. The productions for both Cruz Control reloaded and A dollar a day are facilitated by executive producers and Partners Lerato Mosimane(PAYT -South Africa) & Muki Garang from (Maisha yetu,Kenya). Abu Sebekedi hosts Cruz Control with his humor and MC skills, his character serving as the backdrop of MM3rD’s inspiration.
LFK’s introduction to the South African Hiphop scene saw the release of a compilation Spring sessions vol 1 a local classic amongst Motswako fans in South Africa & Botswana to date. Lefoko’s territorial sound comprises hosting all elements of hiphop and a huge crowd at the local city gazebo – something similar to what we do at WAPI (words and pictures) here in Nairobi Kenya or Black Sunday in Soweto. This saw LFK members perfoming at the 2010 FIFA world cup in South Africa.
It should be noted that LFK is actually considered a home by most of the artists in ADAD and CC vol.1. Muki says, “LFK is the only movement and studio that allows you to be on the same level with the big names of Mafikeng’s trademark Motswako. Here we share one space breaking one bread.”
Cruz Control vol 1 Reloaded boasts 22 solid tracks topics ranging from party, everyday struggle, love and even battle raps. Apu Sebekedi’s BEE lady is bound to rouse debate while KT and TLS profess their love in Dejavu. Gomez & Villa challenge Mcees in their up-front tswana chant Same mess and K9 quashes all punchlines thrown by your favourite rapper in Severe punches. It is Hiphop music with a soulful edge and at times amped up, charged with drums that could get you to easily toyi toyi in the office or at your wedding. This music can be downloaded here.
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Written by Maisha Yetu Staff writer