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EC rapper storms his way up the Google Play charts

The Eastern Cape is a hot-bed for outstanding musical talent and Butterworth-born rapper Slogan, whose real name is Bulumko Mapukata, is among those making a name for themselves.

MAKING WAVES: Butterworth-born rapper Slogan’s hit song ‘Religion’ featuring Mike 53 hit number seven on the Google Play Store Worldwide Hip Hop charts, a milestone for his career Picture: SUPPLIED

Mapukata’s music has soared through the airwaves of many Eastern Cape radio stations and, more recently, the world market.

The University of Fort Hare political science student recently slayed on the Google Play Store Worldwide Hip Hop charts with his new single Religion, featuring friend and colleague Mxhasi Mduduma, who goes by the name Mike 53.

The hit single, among an assortment of songs on the rapper’s repertoire, was released last month and hit number seven on the Google Play Store Worldwide Hip Hop Charts, sharing the space with the likes of Cardi B, French Montana and our very own Kwesta.

This achievement proved to be a milestone in his budding career and a leap in the right direction for local talent. The rising star believes a lot of young musicians depend on their art and it is only courteous to show appreciation.

“This song pays homage to the Eastern Cape musicians who put their music out there.

“They deserve the recognition, appreciation, respect and compensation, especially from promoters,” said Mapukata.

“The song did amazingly on the charts. I did not expect it to do that well. Initially it was number five then it dropped to number seven. It remained in the top 10 for two weeks and currently it is in the top 30,” said Mapukata.

Hip Hop lovers can download the song for R5 on the Google Play Store.

“I conducted a door-to-door campaign where I collected R5 from people who were interested in hearing the song. I purchased a voucher and sent the song to the people who invested in me.”

Slogan’s next goal is to shoot a music video and to perform outside the province.

Growing up in the lively and colourful streets of Butterworth, Mapukata remembers music reverberating through the house during weekends and holidays with family. Music has always been a part of his life. Mapukata says he does not take the help he has received along the way for granted.

“I could not have done this without the people who saw talent in me. My big brother, Entertainment brand Posega Lifestyle and my musical team StillTwentyOne have been monumental in making me the musician that I am today.”

Religion is available on Google Play Store and iTunes. — gugup@dispatch.co.za