BITCHES MUST KNOW : OKMALUMKOOLKAT

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OKMALUMKOOLKAT aka all black black kat aka futuremfana aka smart mompara aka bhut’yang’chaza aka ikati elimnyama, is basically the future of South African music. I think maybe the first time I properly met up with with him, was at the Toffie Pop Festival way back when he was representing the South African Collective in the design conference, up against Europe’s finest thinkers. Already then he had been spotlighted as one of South Africa’s most progressive creatives. At that stage of his career, he was most well known for being the front man of Dirty Parrafin, a shambeez visual/performance art outfit out to pump positive vibes with this new smanje manje Kwaito Primus Stove. Since then his solo act OKMALUMKOOLAT has taken him to another level, initially breaking through the clutter with “SEBENZA” (see below), then last year when he opened for Danny Brown I think it was clear that “people” where starting to take note. And just last month when Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def came on stage during his performance of “PAPAP! PAPAP!” at the Design Indaba after party, it pretty much sealed any doubt that any of the haters had. He is also part of a Jhb based crew BOYZ N BUCK$ who you might recognize from the latest Coke advert, or from running / taking part in most of the interesting things happen on the Jozi Streets, but more about them soon…

BMK sat down with Okmalumkoolkat and asked him for 10 Things you probably never knew about the man…

1. I really wanted to be Chinese when I was little. My mother said it was possible so I believed.
2. I have over a 100 t-shirts/ tops but I wear the same 5 tees up until they die or I hide them from myself. Same rule applies to kicks, denims, jackets, caps and watches.
3. The first time I left Durban was when I was 23 and that propelled me to see the world over.
4. I lost one of a tooth two years ago, I have been contemplating a surgical gold tooth since.
5. Dj Zharp Zharp is the worst Dj, ever. I think people support him because he knows me, okmalumkoolkat.
6. I haven’t been able to sleep before 12h00 midnight in the past ten years or so.
7. I do not own a car, Tv or a radio and that creates a major imbalance in my life as an entertainer.
8. My son, Mholi ( 5 ) has more charm and straight up umswenko than his dad.
9. My dad is detective.
10.My mom raised me by herself.
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Okmalumkoolkat – Sebenza from malcolm ché on Vimeo.

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