When one thinks of poetry, Hip Hop, rap, one automatically thinks of the OG’s like Mos Def and Jigga. In our context, Mzansi, we should be thinking of Black Vulcanite. By no means can they be compared to the OG’s yet, but there’s potential after a promising start. Their EP is the most polished collection of tracks we’ve heard from this continent in a while, collaborating with other dope local artists, in Youngsta, Nonku Phiri (Crazy White Boy ) and Jimmy Flexx( @IllSkillzmusic ). These cats are deep, combining old school beats with strong socio-political messages. They’re a Namibian outfit, but we all fam outchea Learn more about the trio and their hustle:
- The title of the EP “Remember the future” is inspired by the African alphabet character Sankofa which means to “return and fetch it”.
- The group often jokes that “Remember the Future” was meant to poke fun at the second law of thermodynamics and increasing entropy.
- You can literally hear Okin and Alithatdude fighting for creative control on the trio’s upcoming album.
- Black Vulcanite was relatively unknown in Cape Town & larger South Africa until the group’s manager Leneave Hansen started floating their music out to friends and label execs.
- Leneave’s efforts eventually got the group a record deal with Rude World Records.
- As kids Alithatdude and Mark Mushiva abandoned their beat making careers after learning that they had separately made the same beat using a free PC format DAW software called Ejay
- The group met their Swiss producer MaloonTheBoom online before he decided to take his first journey to Africa. It was the first time in his life that he was leaving Europe.
- Ashante Manetti, Mathell Namaseb, Zunaid Green, Eugean Bredenkamp, Eugene Alberts and Rudi Africa are some of the people who have worked tirelessly behind the curtain to make Black Vulcanite a success.
- The chorus of the song “black narcissism” is a recording of an old homeless man’s ballad about how real men in the village have been replaced by empty boxes. After reaching an agreement to use the sample the old man trailed off into the darkness still singing the song and was never seen again.
- The motif of Black Vulcanite is the black monolith of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A space odyssey re-imagined in the African context. Essentially honouring the mystical traditions (See the Dogon of Mali) of Africa using the appeal of science fiction and popular culture.
Catch them tonight at Trinity along with more BMK fam: