Izwi Lokhanyo: The word Of Light (Tags: black ink arts movement, spaza music, hiphop, dunoon, boom bap, driemanskap, khanyi, beatmenia tha classic factory)

By Makaziwe Sopazi

Describing his sound as poetry on a beat, Khanyiso Mabodla has certainly brought back the ‘boom’ in Boom Bap. This artist who hails from Dunoon Cape Town demonstrates his versatility as he raps in English, IsiXhosa and street language; creating the eclectic mixture that has come to be expected of Spaza hip hop. His social conscience is evident in songs like track number 2: Peace march which he wrote in protest against xenophobic attacks in 2009 and 12: To the fallen soldiers which is dedicated to the everyday heroes and heroines. Of course like every self respecting MC he also has something for the ladies on track 7: So in love in which he features Rato, a songstress who is part of Black ink arts movement which he co-founded to get the youth of Dunoon of the streets. For those who enjoy the sound of traditional African music there is Ithongo lidala where the clever use of Xhosa idioms and puns is not short of genius. As a story/comic writer there is a short drama ( which I personally do not find all that short) in the CD where once again he makes use actors from Black ink arts movement. this is just one of the elements which make this album unique. There is also a reggae number in which he features Qhawe Melane, producer of the album and owner of  Beatmenia tha classic factory.
The album features a number of artists like Mercenger, Ruffkat, Uniqcon, Zwilakhe and others. This album is well rounded and speaks to a broad audience as anyone can find  a favourite song in it. However although it does not use vulgar language, it does come with a parental advisory warning.
Khanyiso is known in hip hop circles in and around Cape town, having shared a stage with the likes of Driemansap and Khanyisa “Khanyi” Mavi. He has also performed at the Grahamstown National  Arts Festival 2011.
The album is self funded and self distributed which makes it a bit difficult to access for people living outside the Western Cape but one can contact the artist and for no extra charge he will post it to you. Most  songs in the album are written by Khanyiso with the exception of other artists contributions.
For more info on how to access the album call Khanyiso on 0736088055 or email him at khanyisom1@gmail.com.



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