Meet Mzansi’s first Lady of Motswako @FifiCooperSan !

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“Kuze Kuse” ft. Emtee – Fifi Cooper

I first came across Fifi Cooper’s music late last year as she was being dubbed the “First Lady of Motswako” and potentially the queen of SA hip-hop by fans, artists & industry experts alike. The first song I heard from her was Monate-C which according to Fifi’s interview with The Sowetan was a message to the hater’s telling them to stop hating and watch the space. She described the song as fun in that interview, but it was more of a hardcore introduction to the rapper which was probably the point. When AKA did an all-female remix for his 2015 hit single “Baddest”, Fifi’s verse was also a clear standout, and she capped a very successful year off by releasing her debut album titled “20Fifi”.

2016 has proved to be an even better year with Fifi taking home 3 Metro FM Awards for her efforts and arguably dropping her biggest single to date titled “Kuze Kuse”. The single features another exciting new Mzansi rapper Emtee, and has been doing the rounds on radio & tv. Fifi surprisingly sings really well for an artist largely considered to be a rapper (think Drake..) which gives her a competitive advantage over the competition. But don’t get it twisted, when it comes to bars she also brings the heat which makes her the total package! The future looks pretty set for Fifi and at this rate it doesn’t seem so ridiculous to back her to hold the Queen of SA Hip-Hop title in the near future.. 

Watch the “Kuze Kuse” video above and let me know what you think.

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Khuli Chana releases new video for latest single “Respek”

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Respek – Khuli Chana ft. DJ Buckz & Howard 

One thing that always fascinates me about Khuli’s music is the musicality of it (is that even a thing?) What I mean is, it’s never just a bunch of 808’s and snares and kicks but it’s really the whole package with him. The music stays relevant but they still manage to fuse the melodies & instruments in such a cool & funky way. Alas, to this very day I still hate that I can’t understand tswana, which makes me feel excluded to some extent from really interacting with the music the way I’d like to. That though, is just my own personal grievance, the fact is his music truly knows no boundaries as they say. Africa clearly loves him, with a solid track record of awards & recognition to show for it.

Anyway, the single is called ‘respek’ and samples Angelique Kidjo’s classic record ‘Agolo’ (proud African moment) which most 90’s kids will know, as well as Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’. In his own words, “Respek is a song created to take people on a trip down memory lane. Inspired by Angelique Kidjo, Marvin Gaye, Adeva & greatest rapper of all time Notorious B.I.G”. I think this one will do some serious rounds and maybe get him an award or two?

For the Production Heads: “Respek” was produced by DJ Maphorisa & Izzy