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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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;
lol even once called himself that_cameraGuy at the time he was doing a lot of photography
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.
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
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.
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
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”
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!
Remember a post i did on @Denier_M(matimu sithole)? well that very same guy introduced me to Mr 1802 an artist i met at 012central Rooftop exhibition an event that was hosted by Adriaan Louw where they were showcasing pictures taken at an #instawalk in Pretoria and 3 of Mr 1802’s images were featured.
How it happed- Denier invited me and he introduced us then we exchanged instagram accounts then 20+ days later i hit him up and asked if we could meet up for an interview and he agreed fast forward to Friday 27/10/2015 Mr 1802 landed in midrand and we went to MacDonald’s where the interview took place.
I made him pay for his own food though(sorry bruh money problems)
read the interview below.
Describe nhlanhla for me.
uhm…cool dude, Ok not your average cool dude not that braam guy but yeah a cool dude….
(As he was explaining a man who told us his a MacDonald’s supervisor asked ‘what is a cool dude?)
you know when they say your cool? being cool is when you influence people in a good way Like Kanye i know you might think his big headed and his so full of himself but look at it this way he influences a whole lot of people/kids when it comes to fashion,music and i know you might say he curses in his music or whatever but being cool is all about influencing people in a good way
(then the “MacDonald’s supervisor” asked so you wanna be the same as well?)
yes with what i do. I’m a Photographer i also wanna do fashion and influence people in a good way with what i do.
(“McDonald’s supervisor” ‘do you know that kanye makes money out of that?’ after that question he started to explain stuff about the devil etc then the conversation went to a moment of silence for a few seconds luckily his phone rings)
Lets get back to the subject matter.
(“McDonald’s supervisor” interrupts after hanging up his phone and says ‘myself i get paid to sit here and answer phone calls while i watch you guys chilling and talking when month end comes R45000 enters my bank account right now I’m off to the office’ then he stands up and come to our table and tells nhlanhla ‘your eating poison here cancer’ then walks off)
Okay….i was still saying i love art that’s why I’m doing photography…
(“McDonald’s supervisor” interrupt again ‘good luck with your photography!’ while walking away)
Sure, Check out my instagram account @nhlanhla1802…So i love art i feel like art can change the world man, art not being a drawing or painting but anything that is creative and beautiful that’s art for me, I’m an artist.
your an artist but can you tell me about your origins.
Well my name is Nhlanhla Wandile Dlamini born in Johannesburg 1999 October 18 1802 i was raised there and the reason i chose 1802 people thought it was that thing where instagram gives you a name because @nhlanhla already exist nah its not that i chose that myself 1802 being the house that i lived in/the apartment was on the 18th floor room 02…i feel like I’m bringing my past into my future i wanna be known as Mr 1802.
And now you in Centurion when did you move to that side?
I got here in 2005 so i spent like 5 years in Johannesburg and I’ve been here ever since.
What inspires your photography?
Art, i love art. I feel like my photography is not just photography, there are photographers that just take photos just for taking photos and then there’s an artist for instance me you saw the light paintings on my instagram?
me: Yeah, i saw those.
i was just drawing in the air i feel like i used photography to paint i just did art with my photography.
and i kept wondering how you made those light paintings.
you know what i did? i put a DSLR on 30seconds shutter speed, the shutter and aperture was open as wide as possible ISO was on 100, aperture on 5.6 or something and then i just took my phone put the flash on and just drew.
And that one i was just fooling around with the light but apart from fooling around i just wanted to show my shoes.
speaking of shoes are you a sneaker head and what are your other interests?
Jaap, at the moment I’m using photography to start my way into fashion i wanna go study in New York at the Parsons school of fashion it’s like one of the best fashion schools in the world that’s my dream man and i feel like photography is gonna boost my fashion brand cause I’ll be known already and it’ll just kick off in a nice way.
It’s like you certain about fashion.
Right now are you studying/designing?
me: can you draw?
Like i said I’m an artist, i haven’t done that in a while and the last time i drew was in my light paintings i can do a lot of things bruh…I’ve made a song one time it went well but it wasn’t …
were you singing or?
it was a beat but i didn’t finish it.
Wow you produced the beat yourself?
Yeah, it’s not only photography that i do but photography is my main.
photography is what sparked this interview.
yeah its what shows I’m an artist, my art inspired you,cool dude,inspire people,influence people, that’s what made this interview! i inspired you.
you really have inspired me man.
Tell me about your gigs/photoshoots that you’ve done so far and the money?
I’ve only done 10 gigs, there’s this one friend that really support me his name is Lebokgang his gonna check out your stuff and his gonna see his name, he has a fashion brand “DEU” i did plenty of photoshoots for him in braam he really supports me he likes my stuff. There’s this one girl Neo Kwala i feel like she’s my biggest fan I’ve been friends with her since grade 8 she love my instagram page bruh if there’s one person that you’d have to ask about my photos is Neo she would know.
me: the money?
right now I’m not making much if you wanna ask me about money come next year cause I’m only blowing up now a few have liked my photos e.g Levis the actual brand they took their time and went to their tags and like my photo a photo that i took and just to think of it Levis a big brand they get hundred and thousands of tags everyday and they decided to like my photo on that day? that must mean something.
yeah it does mean something.
another thing my photos don’t get a lot of likes and stuff I’m just blowing up now man.
your influenced by art but are there people that you look up to?
there’s this friend of mine named Simphiwe instagram @simiato that guy his the actual reason i started photography. On a rainy night i was out with him and we stood outside for 30 minutes actually he made me stand with him just waiting for lightning strikes and when he finally got that shot i was like dude how did you do that? ever since that day I’ve never stopped learning about photography…but there’s other people like Adriaan Louw,okmalumkoolkat though his not a photographer but his a designer so his art boost my creativity.
by the way what do you use to shoot?
i use my phone and a camera when ever i can borrow one.
music wise who do you listen to?
okmalumkoolkat 100k macassette that whole mixtape, I’ve been a fan of him ever since dirty paraffin do you know that group?
yeah i know that group?
yeah I’ve been a fan of him ever since then and I’m also bumping J Cole,Kendrick and drake.
so their music or them e.g okmalumkoolkat as a person influence you?
musically and as a person and with okmalumkoolkat i almost have a similar story to him i didn’t struggle that much but bruh he came from the slums and his making it right now that’s what inspired me also these guys Kendrick and J Cole those guys inspire me a lot bruh…i forgot to mention Joey Badass that guy tells stories with his music i tell stories with my photos its all about telling stories with me bruh.
speaking of stories what stories are you trying to portray with your photography?
well i just don’t post anything e.g my recent photos i posted them in black&white some of them well 3 of them it’s all about Africa and being dark skinned
i told a story with that i feel like i wanna inspire people i don’t even know how to say it but there’s always a deeper meaning to my photos if you look carefully even though my captions might be short there’s always a deeper meaning to them…look at my photos,look at my captions you’ll click at the same time if you know me very well, my close friends they know me Mpho, Asakhe, Sitha, Tino and Xhanti they know whenever i post something on instagram they’ll be like ‘oh this is what this guy is portraying this is what he want to send out with his photo’.
i hear you, i have this one question i plan on asking everyone i interview.
For someone like me who’s into art and stuff and who’s still aspiring but not sure if they want to pursue because of what society thinks or they afraid they won’t make money etc what advice you have
i would say don’t give up for instance me when i started this photography stuff i started with an iPod with only a front camera…
wait what, only a front camera?
i told you don’t let lack of equipment limit you if you let that limit you,you wont get anywhere also society cause just like me right now to tell the truth there’s a whole lot of photographers and most…I’m gonna sound like I’m hating but a lot of things for me look the same. I didn’t let the lack of equipment stop me,i didn’t let people who were telling me no wena your just a copy cat following people,i didn’t let that stop me so don’t let anything stop you just pursue what you want if you work hard you’ll get it.
you just have to push?
you have to push that’s the only way.
Denier once told me these words “your interest determines your success”…
and the circles you hang out with. If your gonna hangout with the circle that’s gonna tell you nah nigga you ain’t gonna make it, nah dawg you just a copycat you wont make it…my friends i always tell them ‘guys hustle trust me one day we gonna make it’ i always tell my friend Mpho Mashabane that ‘dawg we gonna make it one day bruh trust me’ just push that’s all you have to do. I’m a 16 year old…
and your influencing a 19 year old.
not only you I’ve influenced a whole lot of people…look I’m just 16, 16! and I’m still in high school where do i find the time to do this i make time if you love something you’ll push.
i hear you and since there’s a whole pool of photographers what’s so different about you that makes you believe you’ll make it?
Determination. I feel like most of these cats that are my age they just doing it for just doing it they not doing it for the love….
they doing it for likes on instagram and girls comments?
yeah, I’m just trying to push my art dawg i just want the whole world to see i don’t just want to be another photographer…nah i wanna push art bruh.
that’s the direction your headed everything even school will be based on art?
yeah and a lot of people might tell me you not gonna make money, trust me I’m gonna make it and it’s not all about money if you love something you’ll do it with passion money will drive you crazy don’t do things for money but we can’t live without money that’s why I’m like if you like something and you good at it make people pay if they really love your art they will pay for it. I’m not pushing money only but man nothing is free in this world.
about Braamfontein are you also a #braamkid?
not really but i do hangout in braam…whenever I’m in braam I usually hangout with Lebo or Trendsend 90 those are my friends, those 3 guys well 2 of them influenced me with this fashion thing.
even neighbour goods market?
yeah I’ve actually wanted to print my art/photos then showcase them there and just sell a few cause even in Pretoria there’s 012 central i also wanna showcase there and they told me its cool we need more people like you to showcase their art come through anytime will get you a spot.
which instagram accounts do you suggest a person must follow?
@Simiato that’s my friend his also an artist like me.
that’s all i can think of right now but there’s a whole lot more trust me owh and @hypebeast.
what’s your conclusion?
let me make up a quote
“I’m 16 and I’m doing it, you can too”