Hip-hop’s new kids on the block

HIP-HOP music in Bulawayo will never be the same again with the entry of new supergroup Kasilami Arts Platform (Klap).

DIVINE DUBE
Own Correspondent

The group which prefers to be called a hip-hop music movement comprises several young upcoming artistes from Bulawayo whose vision they said is to take local hip-hop music to new heights.

Most aspiring and upcoming artistes have failed to take off as a result of various set-backs including funding.

However, the new group believes it can rise to greater heights as a “co-operative” hence the formation of Klap.

The group has two singles compilations — Bulawayo and Then Make Them Klap, which are currently enjoying airplay on local radio stations.

“We formed this group in February this year after realising for upcoming artistes to have an impact in the music industry they need to collaborate.

“We took into consideration the fact that most of us have been in the music industry for quite some time with little or no impact,” Dalvin Makhalisa, a member of Klap told Southern Eye Lifestyle in an interview yesterday.

Makhalisa, aka 2Dope, conceded local music fans have in the past been “allergic” to hip-hop music although their attitude towards the less popular music genré is gradually changing as seen by attendance hip-hop shows.

“Bulawayo fans used to snub hip-hop shows, but now they are tolerant as they attend hip-hop gigs in sizable numbers,” he said.

“Our relevance in music hinges on the fact that we sing about our locality hence the need for local fans to attend our shows,” Makhalisa added.

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