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.   

Dreams Delayed Are Not Dreams Denied.

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Had the pleasure of interviewing Sniper before he drops his anticipated mixtape DDANDD.
Who is sniper? Well I’ll just give a general description more details in the interview:
He is one of the up and coming indie artists a new wave that is still in it’s early stages in South Africa.
By indie i mean “independent” and how do i know him?
Well i got the chance to go and be his photographer one time at a album launch or was it a mixtape😞? well it was hosted by J-Smash and Sniper was suppose to perfom but didn’t get the chance to, Due to complications and how hostile the crowd got…well to put it in proper terms there were technical issues….but this kid was so eagered even with the issues the boy pushed and pushed it just couldn’t happen.
From that experience i got proof to start believing in the Drive the young homie has and so i came up with a plan to contribute to the anticipation of his tape dropping on the 9th of November 2018 read the details below;

For anyone who don’t know you just give me a brief description of who sniper is also include Full names
i feel that would be very neccesary

My name is Ndamulelo Tony Matala.
Sniper is just a kid from the hood with big dreams and aims to inspire and help others chase their dreams.

Which hood?

I’m from waterval

You know there are a number of “Watervals” around the World right? Hit me with coordinates

Africa/South Africa/Limpopo/Vhembe Destrict/Elim/Waterval

Owh the 015…that’s dope thats dope but since you an artist how many artirst from that hood u know are killing it ? And how u plan on killing it too?

I KNOW 2 that are killing it Dala Fam and Roy Machel,
I plan on paving my own path and just setting myself aside from them as in growing in my own way.

I hope you succeed on your quest man wishing you all the best now that we have covered the intro lets get to business ;
DREAMS DELAYED ARE NOT DREAMS DENIED enlighten us on this EP
what is it about? And what does it mean to you and your journey?

Well for some time i have had ups and very serious downs
so basically Dreams Delayed Are Not Dreams Denied it’s me telling anyond that has thoughts of giving up that your time will come patience and hard work is key

Damn that’s a very touching subject especially since the recent passing of HHP (may his soul rest eazy🙏)

HHP’s passing is sad but it also gave me life.
Anyday life can roll the dice on you
so everyday you wake up alive is another chance to chase your dreams.

✊ i feel you my G….moving along
how many tracks are in the EP?

Honestly I’m not quite sure yet, could be 12 or more or even less😆

Lol but are you sure about it dropping on the 9th? That’s the millon dollar question

yes yes i am very sure!

Alright alright any features we should look foward to?

Yes i have Roy Machel a nigga of mine and Dala Fam on the project…more surprises dont wanna jinx it just wait..

Awesome awesome this is about to be lit just wanted to keep this young interview short just to give your fans and fans to be some insight.
Any final words?
A quote Maybe ?

My final words are DREAMS DELAYED ARE NOT DREAMS DENIED !

Instagram @snipercrackhead

I’m a fashion icon.

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It’s the 31/12/2015 and today we bid farewell to 2015 and welcome 2016 but i couldn’t leave 2015 with nothing so me being me i set down with Mashamba Livhuwani to bless you with new age history’s final post for this year.
Who is Mashamba Livhuwani and what his about? you’ll have to read below to find out
Photographed by @_joewe_
Enjoy🙌;

Name:
Mashamba Livhuwani
Birth:
20 September 1993
origins:
born in a township in SOUTH AFRICA/Limpopo called Waterval somewhere between Makhado and Giyani.
Studies:
Mechatronics engineering at Tshwane University of Technology.

Growing up i had hobbies and admirations to fashion but there were obstacles such as financial issues but that didn’t phase my love for fashion and since following trends was acceptable to society i joined sbujwa where I’d wear colourful skinny jeans and masandazi together with a backpack this led me to join a dance group in Thohoyandou and my advantage to fit in was the fact that i could dance circles around them.
As time passed i started to realise that people out there in the world notice you more than in your hometown cause whenever your in your hometown once you start to establish something new they get this idea that you think your better than everyone and that for me became a reason to target a society outside my community. When i got to university in 2012 i told myself here is where I’ll discover myself and indeed that’s where my calling as a vintage rebel was unveiled.

I remember the first day at campus i saw these 2 guys dressed funny like kids in North America or on Tv holding a vinyl and i asked myself who are these guys? are they crazy or…but one thing for sure i loved the way they were unique and outstanding from everyone else, that’s how i want to be like whenever i dress so from there i became a vintage rebel and in those initial days whenever i dressed it seemed like I’m forcing it cause even now whenever i look at my throwback images i laugh

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luckily one of the guys i was in a group with in high School was friends with those two guys actually they are neighbors in Thohoyandou anyway the guy introduced me to them one was Maitele Wawe though I’m not close with them now these guys i admire and Maitele would have a vintage outlet at his crib where we would go and stock in Pretoria.
Time went by and i met other vintage crews e.g Troublesome kids, Retro vintage kolektion owned by Bongani (Bongs) also Retro vintage kolektion was the first to make kids in Pretoria recognize vintage fashion, they had exclusive vintage items which you couldn’t find anywhere else they even hosted a fashion show where i got to meet owner’s of galxboy i even got introduced to other upcoming brands and yeah that’s how my journey of being a fashion icon started.

How i dress:
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How i dress since 2012/2013 it was strictly vintage then 2014 the fashion stuff kind of went on the downside cause i was over hooked on weed,girls and alcohol but in late August 2014 i met this honey named Boitumelo Mokwana she’s my ex now but she was into fashion…man that girl revived me cause we used to compete whenever we dressed then later on she introduced me to guys like Norman Tips and “General” these guys are fashionistas and even to-date we still connected then 2015 i branched my vintage outfits to street formal like how I’m dressed now

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decribed it’s classic dapper mixed with street style.

You know whenever i dress i just want to stand out it’s not me bragging or anything like that but i just want to stand out for you to see my outfit and applaude me if necessary also it’s about what do you want people to think of you when you’ve left Earth.
When i dress up it’s from monday to sunday in Pretoria but when I’m back home (Waterval) i only dress up when there’s an occasion cause you know how people are back home.
On my outfits I’m picky there’s certain shoes that i like

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if i we’re to buy them people would think I’m crazy i remember last time my mom bought me a pair of adidas kicks not that i disliked them those kicks are fresh but in my vision there is no outfit to correspond with those kicks even to-date and when i do wear them that’s when i feel like wearing whatever, with everything i wear it has to match up i don’t want to go out looking like I’m colour blocking or something.
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The outfits I’m feeling right now
ripped long line shirts
long jackets (Parka, trenchcoat)
blue ripped tight jeans
Nike roshe runs
palladium boots
and these

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outfits I’m not feeling right now
Starter packs
Fake Cash time life clothing
petrol or milk
bucket hats
shorts with long white socks and a pair of chuck Taylors that’s so 2014.

Future plans:
I’m starting a brand titled rubbish in 2016 somewhere around February we gonna preview it.
Members are myself, kwanele DT (kwanza) who will deal with hiphop & Hector the dj/deephouse producer these guys will deal with media we even got samples of socks and caps etc and another thing is rubbish it’s not only fashion we are an entertainment hub cause we want to be independent when we make it….we don’t wanna depend on anyone we want to have in house resources.
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Conclusion:
i might not be the greatest in fashion but rather than sitting my ass down and relying on society i need to stand up on my own two feet and chase my goals so i can become an idol just like Maitele, Shaun-the stylish, Stilo magolide, Okmalumkoolkat and Ricky Rick…these guys not that they are cults in fashion but they just know the type of texture/element they are looking for in cloth, they do know it. My love for fashion is soul connected somewhere somehow your soul must connect with what you want all and all what im trying to say is with fashion i wanna show my people in Waterval the importance of having a goal…2016 watch out!

instagram;
@vha_venda
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i suggest you follow this Instagrammer.

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meet Matimu Sithole a random person i know who has a good vision for photography this i say because of his instagram account, the images he captures using a phone are amazing when ever i look at most of them these words come to my mind “the day this dude gets his hands on a canon or Nikon his gonna murder most of these photographers”. This post was suppose to be an interview but when i texted him this question…

What is your inspiration for the images you capture together with your captions? his response was…

Not everyone understands, elders of the older generation to be precise “how can taking pictures be a hobby?” They ask… “How much do you charge for one?”. Well It’s not quite surprising, growing and being fed of the impression ;I don’t think anyone then once shot pictures only to take advantage of the good eye they posses and for the fun of it.

I started in 2013. At first I took ‘random shoots’ , but as I did I found my self falling inlove and the deeper I got.. compliments piled up. Being called “Photogenics”, my friend @nxalati8 asked if I knew or have ever heard of anything about instagram. I remember my response included me having seen pictures shared by @_joewe_on Facebook but by then I used a phone’s software which wasn’t compatible, until I got my hands on android 4.1 jelly bean.
instagram became a platform for wider exploring. Having to see other people’s work, admiring, hoping to bring forth better.. and gather more knowledge on the spicing up “colours” (filters). Owk, soooo each image captured is entitled and aspires it’s story to be heard,, to be told. It takes only a look, into mostly who you are cause if you the one destined to sieze the perfect shot then the story is yours to tell. Long for it’s perfect aspiration to inspire you, The Image is yours.

“I’m still learning!” you wrote he Ntwanano, It’s simple but yet very powerful … Yes we are still learning, we always will and only then can we be walking motivations.

at that very moment just after reading this response i knew that this guy is passionate and the words “the day this dude gets his hands on a canon or Nikon his gonna murder most of these photographers” were true. That one question and answer was all i needed.

have a look at some of his  posts
also follow him @denier_m

Streetwear, umswenko, trill fashion…leaders

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Almost everyday i log on to tumblr to check out updates on dressing because as you might already know tumblr kids are the driving force of fashion waves, before you see it anywhere else infact before YOU EVEN SEE IT IN PERSON it first goes on tumblr but out of all these “tumblr kids” there are a few which I follow and I’ve listed them (descending) in terms of which are more influential on me. The list has no descriptions just their images and instagram usernames.

Note: some of these cats are responsible for your favourite celebrities styles including yours.
9@cobegotjuice

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8@lukasabbat

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7@kennyrebelife

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6@nokanamojapelo

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5@lifewasneverthesame

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4@jerrylorenzo

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3@glynbrwn

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2@vls_joo

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1@ianconnorsrevenge

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Lord of Digital Maskandi

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Introducing uMashayabhuqe KaMamba a South African zulu artist who makes music off the Genre Digital Maskandi a genre made of a fusion of auto tune,808s,hip hop,maskandi,soulful RnB, trap, dubstep etc which he calls urban maskandi/morden Maskandi/ Umaskandi wase Sandton.

Basically uMashayabhuqe was born on March 29 1987, Birth name is Nsikelelo Christian Ndlovu and he origates from KZN. After finishing his matric he went to UNISA to enroll for BA Communication Science Studies in Durban which he did for 2years. He then went to JHB chasing his dreams of becoming an artist and all his other occupations including radio presenting, acting etc.

Musically he is more of a singer than a rapper and his influences are Thandiswa Mazwai,James Blake, Busi Mhlongo,Dirty Paraffin and Kanye west. Places he grew up in such as his home village and cities like Johannesburg and Durban are also part of his influence. uMashayabhuqe has a single out titled ‘Shandarabaa Ekhelemendeh‘ feat Okmalumkoolkat that is buzzing in the streets of RSA and his Debut Ep ‘Black excellence show’ is so refreshing, it touches on subject matters like religion witchcraft, belief, morden women, life, love, money etc.
You can download it for free here;

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And follow him on;
Twitter; @mashayabooqe
Instagram;@Lord_booqe