Image by: Forbes Sindane
The ability to self express in any form that one wants to, without having to explain themselves to anyone. Hip hop provides room for one to do just that, with style, tone, emotion, and language. English being the common language used by the majority of rappers in SA, a rap song rapped in a South African language has become a rare find with the 9 official languages we have, however, there are people doing it. Setswana has Motswako, IsiZulu has Zuluboy, Zakwe, and Big Zulu, IsiXhosa has Driemanskap and Kanyi Mavi, TshiVenda has Mizo Phyll, each representing their homelands and its people in their home language, while embracing their culture, and they too make it to the same ranks as those making music with the other tongue, and that’s what music does, if you can’t hear it, you feel it, and you move accordingly to where it guides you.
Hayzzy Himself, real name Bongani Sibiya, keeps the thread going by using his mother tongue in his music, he incorporates IsiNdebele in his music and his image, taking on the trap sound but adding his own flavour to it, he is fresh and original. With Gogo Esther Mahlangu taking the world by storm with her prints, I think we could perhaps take a moment and hear what a Ndebele flavoured sound is like. Peep Hayzzy Himself’s EP “Is’Vung’Vungwana SakwaSibiya” below: