Bubbling under from the Free State.

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So the other day i got a direct message on instagram from @doingmeforaliving (Peter Papers) about doing an interview with BlaQBeatz_ZA and i got to admit i haven’t done blog posts/ interviews in a while but i was like okay I’m up for it it’ll be good to bring back some old traits although i had some doubts about doing this since this interview I’ve conducted three more (still under drafting) and my doubts stem from Tumblr being no longer a thing i thought it’s the same for all blogs and as usual with my guessing i was wrong.

Fast foward a date & time was set up & the interview was conducted over text “WhatsApp” and below is how it went

You Good G? Also What name do we use here Ayanda or your stage name ?

@⁨BlaQBeatz_ZA⁩

So stage name it is huh? Awesome i like that…if i may i ask why did you want to do this interview ?

Basically for exposure i got a single dropping soon with Dibi, an artist who appeared on BET cyphers, who should’ve been on the Vuzu Hustle season 2 & who won Freshman Hype of the year.

Right right but let’s try and focus on you a little, BlaQBeatz for those who don’t know you especially the readers here. I’m sure they’d like to connect with the person BlaQBeatz/Ayanda mind giving us a young summary about who BlaQBeatz is more like that young question asked on survey’s or when you signing up for a social media profile or on a job interview actually yeah bio in your own words note I’ve read the pdf bio but can u describe who blaQBeatz is off the top of your Dome ?

Uhmm BlaQBeatz is a producer/engineer & co-founder of a record label/creative agency from Free State. 
I was born on the 29th of March 1997 Government name (Ayanda). I’m not a producer of only one specific genre only but I can finesse other genres as well.
In terms of signing up on social media, my handles are;
Facebook page: BlaQBeatz ZA
Instagram: @blaqbeatz_za
I’m still a student studying “Sound Engineering & Audio Engineering” here in Bloemfontein. Uhmm this year is my final year so I’ll be graduating soon.

Can you name these other genres your capable of doing? Also is it only production or you can do sound Hocking and all that?

Dance/New Age Rnb/Dancehall/Boom Trap/Boombap. Those are the main genre’s whereby I could say that I’m blessed with the skill & talent of producing them.
Yeah I can do mixing/mastering/beat production/record artists/ work with film directors in terms of soundtrack also in mixing & mastering for a movie etc. I can also do radio jingles, run a record label because I know alot about the music business & work with live analog setups for events or shows.

Mmmmh guess your knowledge about this music thing is broad but if i may ask why production i mean for some it’s a calling some stumbled on fruity loops at an early age some say they ivision sound as visuals for you why production ? What inclined you to production?

I could say its the homies that I used to hangout with back in primary days. I mean we were youngings at that time aspiring to become rappers but we lacked beats. 
So that’s when I took a step to venture into beat production so that we can never suffer from shortage of beats. It was back in 2010, no producer in my hood wanted to vibe with us because you know egos…

Yeap I’m very well aware of egos and talking about egos how far you wanna take this craft like let’s say for this 2020 to 2030 decade any projections plus who inspires you production wise ?

I want to expand bro because now, me & my team we’ve been discussing on alotta things like how we gonna work on our marketing/promotion strategy in order to create buzz in the streets.
We’ve got alot of fire content ready to drop throughout the year. I’m dropping a beat tape in June & hopefully an EP with different artists in the hip hop scene of SA who are on the come up as well and Dr Dre, Lex Luger, Kanye, Spikiri, Metro Booming, Noah 40 (Drakes producer specifically his early work) just to name a few those are people who inspire me in production.

Do you know anything about making your music available to platforms like Apple music Spotify ? Because that’s where the streams money is at including availability of your music worldwide plus anyone anywhere can Shazam it.

Yes you need a distribution & publishing company in order for your music to be placed on those platforms but me & my team have noticed that there is no point placing our music on those platforms when we don’t have enough fan base & buzz.
So for now till further notice we will be using sites like AudioMack & Souncloud to secure enough fan base & buzz

Oh i see & If I may ask how you plan on building that fan base ?

Investing in a marketing team.

All the best in your craft my G i see you’ve pretty much answered everything i wanted to ask but i usually end every interview with the interviewee /artist giving words of encouragement to anyone/ any kids who’s also on the same journey as u especially black ghetto kids.

I’m honoured bro. We also appreciate your generosity to putting this effort to make it work bro. I’d like to urge every black kid to never give up on their dreams no matter how many obstacles occure in their journey.
Thank you bro for giving us the platform to promote ourself. May you be blessed for eternity G,
Keep on showing some love to the underground hip hop movement.

Twitter: BlaQBeatz_ZA

Facebook: BlaQbeatz  ZA

Instagram: blaqbeatz_za  

& below it’s his full bio

Ayanda ‘Revelation Benedict’ Khuse Born on the 29th of March 1997 in a small town in the Free State named Virginia.  A multi-talented versatile South African producer & co-founder of Broken; an independent media house based in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  The company’s founders come from situations where they had to work with broken equipment/people and they still made the best from the situations they were placed in.  When in studio he goes by his producer alias BlaQbeatz. Mostly known for his international & impeccable quality of hard hitting Atlanta trap & African sounds.  BlaQBeatz is from a proud Xhosa heritage and has strong ancestral belief which he believe guides him.   He discovered his love & fascination for music at the tender age of eight fiddling around with his father’s Hi-Fi stereo & at the age of fourteen year-old he ventured into production after been introduced to production by the likes of Dr Dre, Lex Luger, Timberland and the legendary Mandla Spikiri.  In his first year of high school, BlaQBeatz began to produce beats using one of the DAW software programmes known as Fruity Loops focusing heavily on his hard hitting 808’s, articulation of harmonies in his melodies & African sounds. His new wave trap sound is mostly influenced by the likes of Metro Booming, Wondergurl, 40 (Who produces for Drake), Murda Beatz, Martin Sky, ZayToven, Mike Will Made It and most of the Atlanta based producers.  Towards mid-2017, BlaQBeatz worked with one of the emerging local artists Osiiiris. They both worked on an EP titled “The BlaQ in Osiiiris” & also produced a single for P-$tash, a Virginia based native, long-time friend and collaborator titled “Dream”.  BlaQBeatz is currently studying sound engineering at PAS media academy in Bloemfontein and is consistently working on music whether his own music or producing for others.   He also plans to release more content through his co-founded media agency and business with his business partner Peter Papers.   

Ctc Unmastered

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World welcome the CTC (cava the combo) episodes  hosted by Joewe , Tervin and Thabo. What is the episodes about?  Well they touch on current affairs from fashion,music,art,social issues etc basically its “new age history” also with the upcoming episodes they’ll feature guests to make it more interesting. Now with the first episode they decided to unmaster it reason being to allow you to hear raw content trust me all this was done intentionally the world needs unique stuff/out of the box content isn’t it? well this is it! It’s here just give it time it’ll grow, all you have to do is kick back take 41mins of your time, sip coffee and have a listen.
Enjoy ☺
https://soundcloud.com/ntwani-corsa/ctc-podcast-episode-1

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Talent from limpopo two.

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Date 30 March 2017.

It’s a beautiful Wednesday night, we at Joe’s Pub I’m sipping on castle lager and a performance by Mash is taking place right in front of my eyes….”damn if only I had a girl right next to me this would be a perfect setting”

 During his performance  (mash performs this one song which sounds more like a fusion of gospel and R&B Bro me and my crew  went bananas! It was lit literally (lol not with fire but with disco lights 😅)…

and as we turn up one of my clique members pull through with this other thick mami yho yho yho! I almost died.

she was dressed in torn jeans,crop  top, and some trainers 👕👖👟

her face her body PERFECT!  She a 7 outta 10 well done William 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏. 

Okay back to the more important stuff so I took my wine glass went to the Vip section where Mash was located I greeted the brother and his circle after that I requested to interview him also told him about the blog and everything then I was  refared to  his manager.

Man no lie this guy has one of the coolest managers ever.

im the type of person who like people who are understanding and reasonable this brother was all that we even had a good chat about my future ideas for CAVA THE COMBO (Google it).

So the brother allowed me to interview mash after a 30min good long convo read below:

describe what u do? e.g is it only music that you do

You wanna know what I do? Ok look I’m trying to start something as an artist and at the moment it doesn’t have a name yet , it’s maturing into something people haven’t discovered yet.

I’m trying to take Shangaan/Xitsonga music to the world .

I remember when I came to Gauteng  and all I saw was my people (Shangaan ) hiding who they really are “Tsonga” all I saw was people acting like zulu pantsulas some yizo yizo type of stuff!

 So as a human  you adapt and I also adapted to that type of lifestyle and when I went back home I finessed on everybody by acting like a city boy and talking that zulu vernec. 

But with time I had to just embrace myself so what I’m doing is very necessary mash is my name, it’s my surname that’s my father…and everything you hear here its all me , self engineered, written, composed, produced, sung.

I’m an all in one package. I don’t need anybodies input I feel God speaks to me directly same thing with situations I connect with them directly.

where you from? 

RIP to my pop’s it’s been 3years since we lost him, he was a teacher both  parents  but my mom is still around so for them to be accepting of the  craft I’m doing it was hard because as a teacher you can’t be out there wanting other people’s children to be stable in life e.g  be a Dr, nurse etc but your child is none of those things you must lead by example.

For me it’s not about admiring or looking up to R Kelly it’s a calling…and one thing I know when I say goodbye to this earth and transcend to heaven people will remember me for bringing something different something unique.

what are your future plans? 
To die  a legend. (Let’s take a 30sec moment of silence to honour that )

It’s to show everyone from my background “village” that where you come from doesn’t necessarily define you as long as you understand what you want together with  your  purpose.

how I’m doing this?  I already started a movement called “classy village kings and Queens” (check your Facebook). 

So all I’m saying is everybody is classy it’s a mental state not material things.

I think from what I’ve accomplished thus far you can rate me higher than most.

I feel I’m living my dream right now as we speak as long as they understand that it’s possible they must celebrate that. 

Also I’ve been thinking about acting  and venturing into reality TV I wanna show you we not just polygan we Tsongas are very talented 

how good is your fanbase? 
What I know Is a good following does exist for me because if  we talking Tsonga music I’m part of the top five dead or alive greatest! !

 Also I won an award by munghanalonene fm  for best R&B/HIP HOP 2013  this is one of the reasons that define kuri people understand what I’m doing  there’s only one mash and they’ll be never be another.

my music is about  lessons I’m trying to teach.

 If you wanna feel loved ill teach you love, heart broke I’ll comfort you and if it’s church you wanna go ill take you there! I don’t have a genre I do whatever at God’s request💪💪💪💪💪

for any one who doesn’t trust their dream   e.g if I want to be a presenter or an musician or actor let me say part of the entertainment biz but doubt themselves what advise u have for them? 

People will always talk,  people will bring you down and  laugh at you.

You need to be patient and let God don’t rush this no matter how talented you are, rush it you will bump into the wrong people and hit the ground so hard it’ll be hard to get back up. 

Believe in yourself and your craft 

believe 

believe 

believe 

believe 

!

IG  @mashsarila

Where ever u sleeping I hope u have a mettresss

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It’s a beautiful Monday isn’t it? if you don’t agree I guess the blues got you but don’t worry we also got you.

For anyone who doesn’t know the meaning of sleeping is let me elaborate 

sleeping

To ignore, overlook, or to forget something. Used as a verb, to sleep on something. Overlooking something that is deemed good or tight.

“Yall can sleep on the Steelers. They finna take it all this year.” honestly as I typed this i was sleeping on alotta stuff e.g these afrikaans/Mexican/Chinese artists and some topics like religion and politics Ey we all have prefarence don’t blame me.
but I got a few artist and brands I feel yall won’t have to sleep on for long. 
Sángo 

this is a producer from the USA and damn bruh he already has more than 5 projects under his discography honestly this cat I put him in the  top 10 of best producers  

You  know who put me on? Mr 1802.
Mr 1802



speaking of which Mr 1802 made the list again why? cause i appreciate art so much. I remember when I got to interview him the first time from right then we started linking up I don’t know might even hire this kid to photograph my launch and my upcoming party in july/August ….I’m sure homie has matured and  his photographer is just on a next level now and probably got paid a lot too . All the best to you Mr 1802.

KID NINO 



I once had that mentality of not messing with stuff from around my home town from music to anything u can think of but ever since I started my brand mindset had to change we need to support one another to build an empire together e.g Indians and Asians look at the way they do business you’ll understand.

now this is a clothing brand I forgot the owner but I’m guessing he calls him self NINO it’s a brand from RSA/limpopo and honestly I like the way they market their stuff but I still don’t understand their vision honestly i don’t I feel I still need to be briefed anyway who ever is associated with the brand if yall reading this I wanna buy a crew neck  from yall.

Lincoln Long



man these guys keep repeating….but Bro respect this dude homie Is multi talented I wouldn’t even doubt if they told me his a fire fighter now.

well so far what I’ve seen him do;

producing 

event management 

lol even once called himself that_cameraGuy at the time he was doing a lot of photography 

blogging 

braaing

dj

dress

design 

his also  a fan of Castle lager.

but I don’t know man lately homie been hiding under a cave I feel his about to suprise us homie might pull a Kanye or Drizzy on us where he comes back in that depressed look coz he might be working non stop and forget to clean himself.

All the best Lincoln.
Mabee

my brother from next door. homie raised me no lie this dude is on his production streek yho….He probably has more than 2000 projects in his laptop and he be telling me they’ll all get released that’s why I keep telling everybody the future is too bright it’ll all get better just wait on it just don’t sleep to much 

SNIPER 

I been telling yall I need these kids around me man why? they so aware of the latest trends and are very influential now sniper is from limpopo/elim/Waterval  he already has 3k likes on Facebook he even performed at the makhado show grounds what does he do?  I feel his more of a trapper than a rapper no lie I make music cause I saw the possibilities from this kid and his still in high school Bro ….age is just a number.

PROJEKT X



I’m not  really sure who host these events but I know Reeyah. well similar to project X the movie …at projekt x it also gets way too lit the mamie game is too much and the trapping too yall should visit next event is coming on 15th of April watch out its the most lit encounter 

“Free My Niggas”

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We caught up with “The OD Sniper,” Roy Machel for a quick interview after a recording session in the ever-busy downtown, Johannesburg.

For those who don’t know yet, Machel is a South African rapper born in Elim, Limpopo. He put out his first single titled “The Fall” early this year and has been showing enormous growth with each release. 

What’s happening, man? It’s great to finally have a seat with you to learn more about you and your content-filled music 

“Yeah yeah. Im glad to be here my g”

Briefly describe who Roy is.What do you do?

“Uhm…..Roy is a rapper,song writer”

What inspired you to do what you’re doing?

“I’ve alway found this hiphop culture fascinating from early age,the lifestyle,the attitude,the messages behind the bars and shit…I’ve always wanted people to hear my opion on things,and hiphop was the only thing i thought would get my truth out there. From an early age”

How have your experiences been in the industry?

“We still on the come up,we still in the kitchen cooking up. I’m learning as much as i can about the industry. Studio time,team meetings and stuff been hella nice. So I’m kinda prepared”

What are you currently working on?

“A whole lot of things, but you should be on the look out for my debut EP titled Heartbreak Weekend. You can expect that anytime this year”

What can people expect from your EP?

“The Truth. A story about change.”

How would you describe your music?

“Street poetry, the black truth. That might be a bit too much. But im just on my street pastor steez. I’m a trapstar, but i wouldn’t call my music trap. I just make music”

How do you differentiate your sound/music from the “present/commercial” daily sound?

“The sound is authentic,everything is real. Own concepts, flows… I’m not trying to make something just to appeal to the peaple, I’m doing it my way, the real way”

Who have you worked with previously, or even recently?

“Once worked on something with a childhood homie of couple years back. Currently its just myself and my producer, Deckstar who’s just changed his name to “Lincoln Long” (laughs). I’m trying to collaborate as little as possible right now because we still got a lot of ideas and moods to put out first”

Are you currently signed with any record label?

“Yeah. Im with OD”

What’s OD, for those who don’t know?

“OD is a record label, Ohne Dämpfer Music, which means ‘without a mute’ in english. Its a movement about to revolutionize the music scene”

What’s your ultimate goal in the industry?

“The throne abviously,but i also want to help myself and others jump out the system. Instead of doing whats expected from you,do what you expect from you. If you have a dream, pursue that no matter what your parents or friends will say”

What inspires you?

“Life. My life experiences, you know. The things I come across in this jungle”


What should people expect from you in a near/distant future?
“Geniune music, geniune music”

Most rappers or musicians believe they are what ‘the game’ needs, what do you think sets you apart?

“Like I said, I don’t just do it just to appeal to the people, I do it because it has to be done. It was written”

If there was one thing you would like people to remember you for, what would it be?

“That I did it my way”

Thank you very much for your time and all the best with the dream, man 

“Thank you and thanks for the interview”

Follow the links below to stream and download Merchant by Roy Machel. You can also follow him on Twitter or like his Facebook page from the links provided. 

Until our next story, keep on making history!

Merchant: 

Twitter: @roymachel_od

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/roymachelod