Monday, November 20, 2006
Skwatta Kamp - The Clap Song!
I contacted Skwatta Kamp recently for a favour - they're one of my favourite SA groups with who it is always a great pleasure to do business as they're just such a professional outfit - and they immediately sorted me out. I wanted them to perform at Desmond Tutu's 75th birthday, and they offered themselves for free without any hesitation!
Since then our plans have changed, and the concert will be much smaller than we originally wanted it - Freshlyground and Vusi Mahlasela are the only artists on the bill at Spier on 07 December.
But that's spirit of this awesome Hip Hop group continuously pumping music out of Soweto, getting the whole country foot-stomping along with their tracks that have even been embraced by the countries mainstream radio stations.
Tracks like Umoya, Skwatta Karnival and the Clap Song are all hard hitting, topical, personal and in your face; because these guys speak their minds!
Their success has seen them walk away with 2 South African Music Awards for Best Rap in 2003 and 2004; a MetroFM Award for Best Hip Hop award in 2003, Best Kwaito/Hip Hop Group at the Kidz Star Awards in 2005 and the Source Award International Artist Of The Year Nomination in 2004, Best Hip Hop Video 2005 Â Channel O Video Music Awards and nominated for Best African Hip Hop at the 2005 Kora Awards.
Skwatta Kamp are Bozza, Shugasmakx, Nemza, SLIKour, Flabba, Nish and Infa make up the machine that is Skwatta Kamp, and they are accompanied by the stunning Relo, whose haunting harmonies soar over and above their catchy rhymes.
The Clap song is one of my favourites. So here it is to start off your week. Go getit!