This could be the most hilariously sexist song to ever come out of Lesotho’s hip-hop scene. Everything about it seems designed to offend feminist ideals, from the all-male make-up of the song – yes, Lesotho hip-hop still lacks strong female presence in 2013 – to the lyrical content (sample lyric *translated*: “women, don’t even deny/ you know you’re stupid“).
On the flipside, and since I know most of the guys on a personal level – our stories are intertwined through our shared experiences in rap cyphers, live shows, and recording sessions – it’s somewhat of a watershed moment on the scene, one that hopefully signals better collaborations going forward. This remix, facilitated by producer/emcee T-Mech, fuses my era of emcees – Skebza D, Anonymous, the former on the 7th verse while the latter takes the last verse – with the current crop – from TURK’s bar-setting opening verse, to Jiji’s diatribe about the list of women he’s got to hit up. So I won’t comment on the sexism. I’ve instead asked another friend, Mookho, for comment. Perhaps she’ll do a guest post
*Featuring, in order of appearance: Turk, Lemekoane, Jiji F, LebzaP, Nirex, Shuffle44, Skebza D, Juvy, Flix, L-Tore, and Anonymous
Jonson (L) and The Sage (R)
I got to hang out with an amazing bunch of producer friends about two weeks ago. Besides taking a few snaps, I managed to capture golden moments on film. One includes Sanhedrin getting uber-excited when someone (I forget who exactly) mentioned that they had a bunch of samples to give away. I even managed to put together this 1-minute visual thing on The Library, a production quartet based in Maseru, Lesotho.
Image by Gustav @ Iapetus
When I was coming up in Maseru Lesotho during 2001, I had no idea that ten years down the line I would be writing about an album that for months on end I struggled to even get a hold of a cassette version of. Even at the height of Napster (and the subsequent rise in illegal music downloads), Internet penetration was still fairly sparse. The implications were varied: I could not get anyone I knew elsewhere to upload the album; neither could I download it legally from any on-line store.
On the way to Hlotse, capital town of Leribe (one of Lesotho’s ten districts), one passes a place aptly-titled Crossong – a T-junction that can take one to either of three places: Northward-bound (Hlotse, Butha Buthe, Mokhotlong), Southward-bound (TY, Maseru, Mafeteng), or Westward into the heartland of Maputsoe. Infamous for its youth’s rough living, muggings, and the border post into Ficksburg, Maputsoe has of late had its image bolstered by the likes of Papa Zee and Kommanda Obbs – rap artists who, with varying degrees of success, have managed to captivate audiences thanks in part to Lesedi FM‘s wide reach. Continue reading