South African Traditional Music Achievers Awards- (Satma) nominated rapper Kweries has released his long-anticipated third album, titled Rewind.
Speaking with the Daily Dispatch yesterday, Kweries, whose real name is Siyabulela Rasmeni, said he was happy with his latest work.
On this album, Rasmeni reminds his die-hard supporters of the good old days when South Africa was still dancing to some of his hit singles, such as Hip Kwaito, Jozi Life and Mob Justice.
His second album, Isxaka Mlomo, was nominated for the best vernacular hip-hop album at the 2014 Satmas.
“This album caters for all age groups because it does not only make us dab but also takes us through the journey of the evolution of hip-hop, even though some people might think they have outgrown hip-hop.
“It is an album that even a father can enjoy with his wife – or a professional employed in a very demanding environment,” he said.
The Mdantsane-born artist said he also got the opportunity to work with some of his favourite artists on Rewind.
“On my first two albums, I did not get a chance to work with some of the people I wanted to because I recorded the albums in Johannesburg.
“This time I made sure I got to feature as many people from the province as I could,” he said, adding that he used his third album as a platform to showcase other artists’ creativity.
On the album, he worked with Iintloko Zeenyoka, Slujah, LushByTheWay, Simbone, MaAir, Zagga, Lens, Mamcirha and Goga Straal.
Rasmeni, who was a member of popular rap group Rhyme Squad, said on this album he decided to go back to his roots, hence the title Rewind.
“The group worked with Monti FM on the first album we had and I have also decided to partner with a radio station and have reworked some of the songs that we did,” he said.
The album has been released under Hustle Nation Records, a label under Kumkani FM.
Rasmeni said he has also done a remix of Arthur Mafokate’s Mnike.
“He listened to the end product and was happy with what we have done.”
Rasmeni said they would be recording the music video for the song later this month.
“The video will be shot in various places around East London. I want to show South Africa how beautiful our city is. When people think of East London, they think of poverty and shacks but there is more to this place.”
Rasmeni said he will also be playing at the upcoming third annual Hip-Hop Awards, hosted by Kumkani FM at Buffalo City Stadium on Saturday. Tickets for the show range between R100 to R150 and are available through Computicket. — firstname.lastname@example.org