Jabu Khanyile's music was for the people, by the people - Percy Mabandu, writer

In the music feature, writer journalist Percy Mabandu chats about the powerful impact of Jabu Khanyile's music, and gives us a history lesson on the relationship between Hip Hop and Kwaito.

Mabandu says that Khanyile was rooted in the people's culture.

He understood who he was talking to adds Mabandu.

Right now, what you have in the country is people who know nothing about the cultures that shape us.

Percy Mabandu, writer journalist

Mabandu says that Khanyile spoke the language with an interior pulse.

He adds that Khanyile's generation was powerful because they were rooted in the peoples culture.

In the 1990's, there was this battle between Hip Hop and Kwaito... Hip Hop in this country didn't get traction until it started encompassing our languages.

Percy Mabandu, writer journalist

We call it Hip Hop because it has international pretentious attached to it but it's actually Kwaito with more words says Mabandu.

AKA and all of these guys, I'm sorry guys I know you call yourselves Hip Hop artists but you're actually Kwaito artists.

Percy Mabandu, writer journalist

Click on the link below to hear some classic jams from South African artist Jabu Khanyile...


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