This past Xmas my Johannesburg northern suburb livingroom was transformed into a music studio where @johnnycradle laid the foundation for what is quickly becoming a classic body of work.
Coffee riddled late nights and early Merlot mornings were spent talking everything from his early memories of Bone-Thugs-and-Harmony cassette tapes and African choral singing to my fascination with James Brown’s signature drums and Biggie’s story telling flow.
We poured over downloaded video snippets of interviews that showcased the struggle and appeal of Kanye West’s ability to remain truthful to his creative process, only to realize that, like Sway, we didn’t have all the answers.
But there was the veracity of Kwaito legends Brown Dash, Mdu, Arthur and Oskido; Stick fighting boys in the Transkei and the slowly disappearing ancient cultural practice of Xhosa initiation ceremonies.
Cradle still won’t tell me all of what happened up on that mountain, but I hear it in his music. Now you can too.
We coerced @connervarin into shooting this epic music video and @okayafrica provided the first platform for #ulate enjoy.
There’s about 7 or eight more songs with visuals that will come to light in the course of the next few months. Support local talent and by local I mean global.
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