Every year Maisha Yetu makes a trip to the SADAC region to touch base with its peer organizations namely; Platinum Africa Youth Tourism (SA) and Mouth of Vigilance(Botswana). Run By Trustee Lerato Mosimane and Atmattatva Das respectively.
Quiddity is a magazine that is published in Botswana by Mouth of Vigilance. The man behind the scene is none other than the Soft spoken Attmatatva Das, Formerly known as Archanagel, Fullovit and also Angell.
Really I won’t be able to put a label or try to define Quiditty but with simple words that are within my reach I will say, Quiditty ‘Puts you on!’
Quiditty is a two pager that prints articles on events, artists blogs, and also services provided within this region. That means you could easily send a bio of yourself, a description of your services and a review of your event to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be plugged on to readership across Africa.
In April Quiditty will hit Nairobi!
As Maisha yetu staff, I have to admit this was meant to be a short vacation, am talking 3 days, but with a 30 day visa, it would be a waste not to put to in work for at least 3 weeks. Compared to last year I have done very little, that being said only one recording of my first single from my Solo album (Yet to be named) under my new identity Tshepo Tsebogo. You wanna ask why it is am changing my name? First it’s symbolism for giving up my definition as a citizen constrained by demarcations and borders. Am also excited to explore the suppressed personality of a jubilant outgoing, bold and outspoken Tshepo!
I am eager to be free from stereotypes that have bound me for years in my land of birth. Yes hoping calm prevails because from what i hear over this end, it’s hectic. Am just saying it’s only Tshepo that I can use to navigate through the constraints set by my native tongue! Tshepo Tebogo Sestswana for To Hope and to thank!
Lastly the role model tag has never augured well with me,i want to be free and am paying for my freedom by putting down my thoughts and feelings on MM3rd’s experimental, alternative Hiphop genre. Am talking a Black African rapper, spitting bars and hooks over a production such as EL_P’s Cancer for cure, you feel me?
So to execute this plan properly, am hoping to make it back here in September. Then work on my Solo album. If i play by Bebe Ketchupe’s bid, she could just see me through this project. Oh and by the way that’s Maisha Yetu’s main sponsor.
So yeha Tshepo … I think most won’t like him like they did Muki but you know.. ain’t nothing as stale as an artist or a country that doesn’t morph!
Apu sebekedi and beckz Selalome are working on an album. How does this work? First its definitely a blazing Motswako collab! How do i know? Apu known for his jumpy high impact thermogenic monkey beats, mushing up with fierce verbal tongue lashes from Beckz ( of the reknown baby butt soft hit). Yes you might as well get your work out gear ready, and the best ear and headphones because i guarantee you its a certified head nod.
Last i checked with these two MCs they were in Pretoria recording,mixing and mastering. I have had the priviledge of hanging out with ApU and truth be told his creative spontaneity will awe you! The first time i met Apu in MAftown at Unit 6, he had conjured a hook from the first two lines i had in my convo with him. Hence the track Mad ol.
Play Mad Ol‘
Enter Beckz Selalome who according to me doesn’t need any introduction. When i first heard Baby butt soft in 2010 and it was a heavy rotation anthem that i shared with connects across the globe! The feedback, hectic! Tswana rap was blazing from jeep speakers from Dar-e-salaam Tanzania to Ann Arbor Michigan.
Really i can confirm that yes, the two are working on an album which will be released soon, but i don’t have the dates. Yeha sad to say that because since am close with these two cats i thought i’d have more info, i guess they’ve kept the lid tight shut because of a leakage that occured during their mastering. Well the game is rigged and these young cats are working on their bit to midwife this long awaited Geen Suebat themed album to your ears.
Lastly Geen suebat is a hand throwing resentment attitude towards any form of frustration.. more like saying Yabasta! Enough is enough!
PS : Motswako a way of life – A documentary featuring prominent and upcoming Motswako artists from the Northwest Province of the post apertheid nation was aired this past sunday on South Africa’s EATV. You’ll definitely notice the presence of these two tswak-ed out Motswakolistas.
Apu shows off his prowess after curtain raising for America’s R&B star Usher during last year’s Pilsner Ansa festival in Mafikeng.
Dextraw Studio and Ghostchyld entertainment have respectively released instrumental productions in December 2012. I don’t know if they had timed it with the end of the Pisces age. But for sure there is an Aquarian aquatic jazzy trippy souldfoul feel to this bumpy mellow rythms from Naughtywest (Northwest province of the post-apertheid Nation). So as the Kenyan connect, i make a point of informing you of what is out there that you should Fs with. In this case we have;
Bonsai – (盆栽?, lit. plantings in tray, from bon, a tray or low-sided pot and sai, a planting or plantings, pronunciation (help·info))
Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. How this applies to MM3rD’s beat tape? perhaps a listen should give you the answer. Smartly laced with a samurai intro sparking the 20 track session. Produced from the Kitchen of Dextraw studios in Mafikeng am sure this is a proper dose for the summer towards new year aspirations. Not just to rap to but to chill to as well. In my own words and please do not let my abstract self loose you, it exceeds the height of your expectations in respect to the Bonsai’s tree’s length!
Werewolf K9from GC and Bongo Muffin are Keys fiends. I know them, they produced self titled track on my music project A Dollar a day featuring Akili Blaq. Yeha these are not your average Hiphop producers! you know the ones who just lace keys without any method. Well with GC there is a method to their soulful madness for most part K9 built his musical ear on the C -note. Recently he’s been working alot with TLS from his Jason Adams Ep and now as the world ends with the age of Pisces becoming a past The Infuzion Instrumental edition ushers in a new age of creativity with no boundaries.
Both productions are available for download and if you decide you wanna mess with these beats am just saying credits are in order.
Sharp, enjoy your festive season peace am out 1000. Miss Maftown loads from these tunes! Hola!
Haki Za Msanii is gradually growing and reaching out to young artists and art lovers alike. The informal set up allows artists to engage with panelists and exhaust topics on copyrights and Intellectual property which otherwise may be perceived as ‘difficult’ by the average artist. This year’s event coincided with the Kenya Music week. The proffesionals invited break down the concepts in very palatable formats of presentations for the artists to digest. In attendance as presenters on the 8th of December 2012 were; Mwafrika & Rapcha (Raiyaa NTV) Paul Nzeveka ( Legal Counsel,Kenya copyright Board) Irene Kariuki (Perfomer’s rights society of Kenya) Photos from the event are also available below.
Irene Kariuki of Perfomer’s Rights Society of Kenya engaging audience on contracts
Exactly 11 months ago on 12th of January 2012 we released A Dollar a day. A Pan-African collaborative music project that featured artists from Kenya,SA,Zim,Zambia,Bots,Naija and the states just to mention but a few. Now 12,007 free downloads down the line, here’s our appreciation for showing us so much support. To all our fans,critiques,supporters music,art lovers,sponsors we present to you an end-year musical bonus for your christmas package.
The Deluxe edition is a final rendition from a labor love from our producer MM3rD. After remastering all the tracks on the previous release of the A Dollar a Day album. MM3rd has included two more tracks i.e. Sunrays by Attmattva Das and fuss test by Akili Blaq ought to make it even heavier for your speakers to deliver. A Dollar a dayDeluxe edition gives you the professional aura that sound engineers seek in production. To rappers,poets, and hiphop fans at large, then knowledge inbound suffice to say, is timeless! cuts across all the borders through Sub-saharan Africa and the Diaspora.
After all that seriousness from ADAD, Cruz Control Vol.1ensures you unwind with High spirits during this festive seasons and beyond. No matter where your are, Summer or winter, day or night, drunk or sober, we strike a balance because all work and no plays….. we need music for any good day!. So think before you shoot… get your fingers off the trigger and go ahead download our music… share with all and Sundry this christmas! A Dollar a day Deluxe edition & Cruz control vol.1
This is a continued effort of collaboration between Kenya and South Africa in empowering young people to use their talent. To encourage Sub-Saharan African youth to to view themselves as a resource and not a marginalized community.
On 8th Of December 2012 The kenya Copyright Board, Maisha Yetu (Kenya) and PAYT &Dextraw Studio (South Africa) will organize a training for artists in the audio visual category at the Sarakasi Dome. The event kicks off from 11am to 2pm. Kenya’s renown Hiphop artist Mwafrika will be the main artist presenting at the Haki za msanii workshop. Mwafrika will be presenting on his experience as a TV producer exhibiting productions never seen on TV before. Mwafrika currently a presenter on the TV show Raiyaawill engage the audience on TV production and why he uses comedy to pass social messages.
If you are an artist or art lover and would like to interact with peers from East and Southern Africa this is a forum where you could build your networks and learn more about Intellectual propertly laws. You will also engage with legal representatives from the Kenya copyright board.
Kenya is growing into an advanced society where the information age has set the pace for development in various economic industries. Though overlooked the Creative economy in In Kenya is not yet established in comparison to those of Botswana and South Africa. Nonetheless Kenyan artists have raised their concerns to the civil society to protect their art through organizations such as KAMP and MCSK. In retrospect Kecobo continues to show its resolve in empowering both established and upcoming artists by its continued support to Maisha Yetu,
In its mandate Platinum Africa Youth Trust (PAYT) shares the same objective with Maisha Yetu. Both organizations focus on empowering upcoming performance artists in Kenya by equipping them with knowledge on IP thus giving them an economic edge safeguarding their creative work.
Dextraw studios from Mafikeng,SA continues to record upcoming and established artists releasing albums and mixtapes which are in turn distributed for free download on the internet. Maisha Yetu and Dextraw have shown and exemplified the use of collective ownership of rights in their production with projects such as; A dollar a day and Cruz control.
This is a good opportunity not only to mingle and chill but learn much on how to protect your neck as an artist!
We’ll pen off leave you with some press below from recent weeks;
PAYT’s Lerato Mosimane honored at the Business Women Association South Africa (BWASA) Regional Business Achievers Awards for her contribution through PAYT as a Social Entrepreneur
PAYT’s Lerato Mosimane Africa Unbound interview
Dextraw Studio executive producer Akili Blaq aka MM#rd at the studio during an interview.