Gauteng, more especially Johannesburg, has long enjoyed the title of being home to the most talented and successful HipHop artists on the South African scene but over the last few years Kwazulu Natal has emerged as a serious contender for that title. With artists like Aewon Wolf,Sketchy Bongo and Nasty C dominating radio and TV stations nationwide the province has never looked so strong.
The province can now add another name to its growing list of burgeoning HipHop stars. Meet Wel-K a 21 year old rapper born in the town of Port Shepstone on the South Coast of KZN. The young rapper is a University of Johannesburg accountancy graduate who describes himself as the next big hip hop artist of his generation. Apart from constantly recording new material for his various projects the rapper is hard at work on his studies. He is currently studying towards his honors degree at his alma mater.
Wel-K has described his musical influences as being very diverse and far reaching. He cites musical acts such as ,Kwaito pioneers TKzee and the rap icon Eminem as having a major influence on his music. Wel-K developed his love for HipHop at an early age. While other kids his age were preoccupied with videogames he was hard at work trying to make songs. “I started making instrumentals at the age of 12 and started adding my vocals on my instrumentals at the age of 14 years.”
Wel-K works as part of a trio which is made up of a producer named SokwlMjita and a beat maker called KidDope. The collective came together to form “VulaVala Music”. Wel-K is currently hard at work promoting his latest mixtape called “The Outbreak”.He recently released the catchy song “Namhla” which is a love letter to a character of the same name,played by Thulisile Phongolo on, Generations, South Africa’s biggest soapie.
With a solid work ethic and good education behind him this young rapper is sure to make waves in the African HipHop community.
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