2011 Top Five African Music Producers by Core Wreckah

2011 Top Five African Music Producers by Core Wreckah

To mindful music consumers, the role of the producer is as essential and important to the creation of an album as nutrients are to cultivating a healthy lifestyle. One of the wonders of buying albums is getting immersed in the liner notes in order to discover who was responsible for what part on a song. Below is a selection of some producers whom we think are worth checking out. Becomingphill: His compositions demonstrate an astute musical precision that is sometimes at odds with what is deemed popular. But it is…

DJ Raiko Paid Dues

DJ Raiko Paid Dues

Fresh Sonic Produce from South Africa: South African-based deejay, DJ Raiko, is perhaps the most welcoming individual anyone is likely to come across. Always with a smile handy for those he comes across, he has the uncanny ability to make anyone in his presence feel welcome. He runs the events company Kool Out Entertainment with partners DJ ID, Reason, and P-Kuttah. They responsible for bringing acts such as Blu and Exile, DJ Babu, and most recently The Gaslamp Killer to South Africa. In this profile, directed and edited by Isaac…

Lesotho hip-hop: the rise and rise

Lesotho hip-hop: the rise and rise

Growing up, I was heavily influenced by reggae. Apart from the kwaito tapes me and my acquaintances traded regularly, along with the rap cassettes which consisted of songs dubbed from the radio, reggae music surrounded my being. It was while at home, viewing a videotape of the reggae summersplash ’84 that I first got introduced to Black Uhuru, the Jamaica-based group then featuring the erstwhile frontman Michael Rose; they were performing their song ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’. The energy behind it hit me hard, leading to my digging deeper…