I hardly ever get this excited when supporting acts are being announced but after My #BTTC2016 Experience I needed to see and hear more from Kwesta and Reason. When I heard that they will be opening for J Cole in SA along with Emtee, DJ Vigilante and DJ Speedsta, I literally jumped for joy. I love a good party as much as the next person and I’m sure that they will definitely bring their A-game. Here’s some information about these acts for my readers who are not familiar with them:
I’m currently hooked on Ngud’, from his 3rd studio album entitled DaKar II. I’ve had it on repeat every day at the office after hearing it for the 1st time over a month ago. I fell in love with it even when I had no idea what the song was about but I absolutely loved his voice on this track, so deep and totally sexy!
Kwesta is South African rapper born in Katlehong on the East Rand and has been on the music scene since 2003. He started out with a group of friends called Ghetto Fellaz and dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue his music career fulltime. His first album was released at age 21 and featured the single “Flava”. His second album, DaKar debuted on the South African iTunes Hip-hop / Rap Chart at number 3, only behind Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP II and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same and was well received by fans and music industry insiders.
If there’s one rapper that has earned his status as one of the best in SA, it’s Reason. He started out as a battle rapper and moved on to YFM where he delivered jingles for DJ Fresh. He has collaborated with many artists and produced several hits over the years and has been described as “one of the few rappers in SA’s mainstream hip hop scene who still tell their personal story honestly in an environment that encourages party anthems and senseless tossing of punchlines.”
I got introduced to Emtee through his debut single, Roll Up that landed him the “Song of the Year” award as well as Best music video and remix at the SA HipHop Awards ’15. It received major airplay and saw him collaborating with AKA on the official re-release.He went on to win “Best HipHop album” and “Listeners Choice Award” at the Metro FM Awards ’16. One of his most recognized songs to date has to be “Pearl Thusi” who is, as the title suggest, about Pearl Thusi. He’s only 23 years old and I’m sure that we’ll see more great music from him in the future.
He’s one of the veteran HipHop DJ’s in the country and originally hails from Benoni. He began his career in 2007 opening up for big names and gained recognition nationwide. His work include songs like God’s Will, Sorry Makehe and Pasop, that featured most of the artists under the Cashtime record label. There’s talks of something new brewing that features AKA, Nasty C and K.O so stay tuned because we know it will be good.
He’s been a DJ since 2008 and has played alongside some of the biggest names in the country and at several popular clubs in and around Johannesburg. He moved from Vaal to Johannesburg to further his career and studies and it’s really paying off for him. Although he has achieved fame and success he remain humbles and true to himself and those qualities has earned him a loyal fan base.
It’s safe to say that I’m counting the days until the 18 June 2016 and I’m not the only one. Some of my friends from Cape Town are flying in especially for the concert and I’m really excited to see them. Demands for tickets prompted Castle Lite to make an additional 1000 general standing tickets available, which are sold out already. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, this will be one of those moments that will go down on your list of regrets to ponder on until your old age, I’m sorry. For those of you that managed to get tickets, I’ll see you there 😉