By Muki Garang

From the deluxe version of A dollar a day produced by Akili Blaq of Dextraw Studios there are two additional tracks.  Sunray by Handsaloof aka Attmatatva Das is one of the poems that i feel inclined to recently.  The mind is an extremely strange place to wonder about and can be scary experience for those who’ve dared take trips. Using Das’ thoughts to traverse these cognitive spaces sheds sunrays to dark quarters in these parts. Let me not be cryptic, since Death be Das was then known as Angell whom i find  resonance with his poetry. I don’t want to refer myself as a fan but rather, i have the utmost reverence and respect for Das’ poetry.

More than being my host in Gaborone we’ve bonded as brothers. For that reason i took the liberty to transcribe his lyrics from Sunray to share with you, these god sent poet’s clarity in articulating his imagination.


The tricks to remain sober
Avoid these wondrous wavy wisps of dreary dreams
and things that blur when close
Weaves that lead you down
to wishing worlds were wildly colorful coned
like clouds with slow and their view
would stop to drink when the drought is close to over
prayer is the only reality here everything else is a lie
Healthy food for fear like someone with a lofty life to live
caught in the glare of a show of frivolous shadowy things
that swing and glisten in a fiery bling
asked the clone
zoned in a slur of a song we all sing
Yeha we are all bound to be found by the sun!!!
There where the blue rocks are
Out to shoot the milky mist with mama’s antique gun
Food of possibilities ploughed in auspicious nights
Filled with falling stars
fouled by the parts they play, fouled by the parts they play

You can familiarize yourself with Das’ work here;



A Dollar a day MC #Relevant Source

Play Source capital  track #4 in A Dollar a day  

In an industry temple dominated with materialism and fantasy, the Relevant Source stays Reverend and keeps it grounded to its true essence, real Mcing and relevance. This young Maftown lyricist is a point of reference if any Hip-hop fan forgot how it really is all about. Skill galore.

In A Dollar a day,Source Capital graces the true essence of purist Hiphop that he embodies.

The source thrives in Ciphers and studios and leaves no question marks. He is a Supa Mc with an articulate thought and rhyme sequence littered with mind boggling punch lines that resonate reasonably with reason.Source appears to be a well informed lyricist with a diverse range of topics and references which project from his scripts and freestyles.

#A Dollar A day MC – APU (Motswako lyricist from Mafikeng)

Tracks in A Dollar a day #5-Mad Old   #10-All i got   #13-Pockets full of change

“In and out of town like my life style crazy/Can’t relate to half of my boys coz they got babies/The only time i see the other half is when they in court/ You know the story  one of them snitched now all of them caught/

Play Mad Ol’ [audio]

As a performer A.P.U has a natural flair and charm with remarkable crowd control. He has a firm understanding of people, the art of hosting and standup comedy. His performances are ‘audience participation’ driven which has led to plenty a successful shows. The MC can also drop ill poems as seen on the Fela Kuti sample Pockets full of change.

APU is also a conscious of community and breaks bread here with Muki Garang and Akili Blaq on Gangsterims in Mzansi.

A.P.U has an extensive performance background. At age 16 he was amongst the first group of artists who spearheaded the
premier of Lefoko (North West Hip‐hop Movement). He then joined the then Lyv promotions as one of its principal performers
learning and perfecting the Art of performance as an Art form and discipline.

He is currently producing, songwriting and recording a diverse portfolio of Artists in the North West province of South Africa. His naturally cool ambience and flair makes him flexible enough to handle young and older audiences alike.
A.P.U has strong Street credibility, and is Ideal for both cooperate and social event hosting (M.C).

Akili Blaq is MM3rd

A Dollar a day is a compilation of commentary as well as poets and musicians with a common vision the “rebirth of Africa”. Where artists and friends from Kenya,Nigeria,Zimbabwe,Botswana and South Africa all convereged in the Northwest of the Post Apertheid Nation to record.

The musical project was produced by Akili Blaq, Mwanamundu The 3rd (MM3rd) of Dextraw Multimedia, a digital music producer who has his pulse on sounds of Africa (Swahili taarab,Afro funk),Soul, The Blues with influences by JDilla, Madlib and MF Doom.

Akili Blaq describes A Dollar a day  saying   A Dollar a day, maintains an authentic African experience, but most importantly has managed to exhibit some of the best narratives on political issues from Zimbabwe’s land reform policy, negative-ethnicity,population control,love,HiV and Aids, sex and civil strife.”

Given his dedication and passion to the Hiphop culture, Akili admits “The artists in A Dollar a Day are my close friends,knowing them personally they have put aside all that pulls them down in this world to share with you pain,joy,party,knowledge,love and much more than you anticipate.”

On his neck-snapping beats Akili says “My music has no borders, my inspiration lies on keys,notes and quotes from the authors of these poems and raps.”

Akili plays the keyboard and has an ear to a wide array of music, he attests “You can’t be a producer listening to only Hiphop, you can’t be a rapper listening to only yourself.”
In the spirit of Ubuntu Blaq notes, “Download A Dollar a day and share with all folk!”