3rd annual Maltown Kings Tsonga hip hop festival
By: Albert Maluleke
Johannesburg- It has been Three years since Malamulele hip hop artists Lesson, Janfirst, MC Bloq and Sheldon first started the Maltown Kings Tsonga rap festival. What started out at first as a way to just finally have somewhere to play Hip-Hop shows in Malamulele and surrounding areas, has now turned into a genre stable that many Xitsonga rap artists come in from all over Limpopo to entertain their Tsonga rap fans.
The Maltown Kings festival which takes place every year in December 27th at Cheap Pozi will announce the lineup for its 3-Year-Anniversary show.
Lesson, who is the one of the Maltown Kings founders, said their aim is to push local talent specifically focusing on Malamulele artists, but any rapper from outside Malamulele is welcomed to join them.
And, he further explain who’s Maltown and why it has been happening since it was started in 2016, “Maltown kings is us Malamulele rappers, We decided to make this a series because there isn’t something like this in our area and that way we can monitor progress and rappers can be sure that comes December, they have a home to showcase their rap skills” he said
“As big hip hop fans, we realized, we needed to start our own thing since there’s nobody or movement pushing hip hop in our area, this is a platform for the culture and a place for local artists to have a place to play when there aren’t as many options for Xitsonga Hip Hop / Rap.” he explained how the idea for the event came about.
Maltown Kings have done two shows so far “first one we had it in 2016, and the second one in 2017. All of the shows got positive response most especially the second one. So we are very sure for this year we are going to have more numbers.” He said
The organizer said other Tsonga rap artists who are not from Malamulele or the surrounding areas are allowed to perform at Maltown Kings event
“Every artist is allowed to perform at Maltown including artists of other genres but they have to be a bigger artist to perform, but if it’s other.
It is very important to get an established artist(s) to magnify the event, but because now we fund the event ourselves. It’s hard to pay for established artists, maybe next year we are going to be able to pay for a bigger artist.” He said
Beside from performances, Lesson said supporters can walk away with his album “Fresh Air”, or Leo Bee’s “Nwana Nkulu” album, a couple of projects other Tsonga rappers dropped, Maltown Kings Merchandise, T-shirts and album will be sold at the event.
“Future plans is to make the concert bigger, and invite bigger artist from around the world and the country to come to Malamulele and make history.” He said
Maltown Kings promote Tsonga Rap and everything that concerns Tsonga Rap
de Ximbonchwa launches his anticipated album “Ndavezitha”
By Albert Maluleke
Johannesburg- Born and bred under the beautiful sunny skies of Limpopo, the Lulekani, Phalaborwa based artist Derrick Mongwe popularly known as Comrade Ximbonchwa, translated “Fellow Inmate”.
Started recording what sounded like poetry while others thought he was just a praise singer as he could rhyme his clan names effortlessly.
2018 Comrade Ximbonchwa released an album titled “Ndavezitha” laced with 10 tracks produced by Phanuel Hlungwani and Mikateko Bisonto Nkuna
In 2017 Comrade met prophet Siya who laid his hands on him and immediately felt the calling that Comrade Ximbochwa has. He then prayed for him that the talent that the musician has may continue to be heard across the borders of the beautiful country.
Comrade Ximbochwa teamed up with seasoned musician Ngalizo Terror to come up with the lead hit single of the album a song titled “Ndavezitha”. “This song had people across all walks of lives feeling like they kings and queens as it shows my understanding of the Tsonga clan, the album is jam-packed with hits such as Mamazala, Tikambeni, mhani Misola and Chenyuka” he said.
Song like” Mhani Misola” that will leave you in stitches as it criticizes critics of other peoples’ successes. Most people who are familiar with the music of the late legendary Nzama Jackson Chabalala who was famously known as Comrade Xigevenga feel that Comrade Ximbochwa just picked the baton of the late great musician and it’s in safe hands
All the songs in this 10-track album are sang and narrated in Xitsonga by Comrade Ximbochw and is released by Khalanga Entertainment and Media.
Blessing to represent Giyani in Miss Eagle South Africa 2018
By Albert Maluleke
GIYANI- Beauty queen Blessing Malungane from Dzumeri, Mageva outside Giyani town is in the semi-finals of Miss Eagle South Africa 2018, she is also the brand ambassador of a national beauty pageant.
Miss Eagle SA is a contestant aimed at empowering women using their beauty and brains to make a difference in South Africa.
The largest social media search for Miss Eagle SA event is set to take place on the 27th October in Sandton Convention centre, Johannesburg.
The beauty with brains student who is currently doing her Bcom in Finance and accounting at Varsity College, matriculated from Nghonyama Secondary school with a bachelor’s degree and a distinction in English, believes that education plays a vital role in one’s life.
Malungane is inspired by her cousin who is also in the modelling industry and is currently in the top 10 of Miss Tourism Queen International. “She is the one that gives me more information about the modelling industry and upcoming beauty pageants, I get more information from her and some of the information I do my own research in the pageants I enter/ go into” she said.
Blessing says she started getting involved community works and helping those who are in need at a younger age with her family; with her family, they would give away old clothes to charities and at churches.
“I remember when one of my church mates who is younger than me came to me so excited about a dress that I have given away and she said to me “Blessing look what your mother has given to me “, this brought joy and happiness to me and from that day I saw the need of helping people.
I currently started helping individuals here in Johannesburg by giving them food and going to charities with my school mates where we actually have fun with the disadvantaged children”. She explained.
“I entered Miss Eagle South Africa because of the love I have for helping disadvantaged people and giving them second chances to achieve their childhood goals, I believe and know that one day I will be the one of the people to help reduce the number of people who disadvantaged in my home town and the country of South Africa and ensure every person has a shelter to live in and food to eat”
”I believe that we as South Africans; we should not judge disadvantaged people because we do not know the story behind what led to the situation they are in, instead lets help them. Being in the Miss Eagle South Africa pageant I have learnt a lot and that I will face challenges that will make me want to quit, Miss Eagle SA taught me to always act like an eagle, because eagles do not give up”. She said.
She says she is excited and feels blessed to represent Dzumeri and the whole of Giyani in Miss Eagle SA 2018. “That’s the place I want to make proud, it is the place that actually keeps me going and you hardly find people who are willing to go beyond their boundaries and capabilities, so I want to be that person who takes the responsibility of letting people from Giyani know that they can do anything they wish for.” She said.
“I would like to let every child in Giyani know that no matter where you are from or the villages you come from; it is possible for you to achieve your goal all you have to do is take your first step towards it and the rest will follow,” she said.
“I want to thank everyone and every support people from Giyani are showing me, it is not an easy journey, but because of their love i will keep on fighting to make Giyani a recognisable place in the country”, she said.
To vote for Blessing SMS “Blessing” at 35334, like her Facebook page Blessing Malungane Miss Eagle South Africa 2018 and follow her on Instragram @blessingmalungane_MESA2018.