Africa is a beautiful land, filled with much stunning music, across all genres. One of the fastest growing genres in Africa is hip-hop; however, quite often, more so than less, it is a copy of some American style, with auto-tune being used dismally; or shoddy beats. I think it’s even safe to call most of the local hip-hop “bubble-gum hip-hop”. This, thank the heavens, is not the case with Core Wreckah, one of South Africa’s up-and-coming hip-hop stars. He is real, authentic, true to his background, has his own style, and also, has some great flow.
Core Wreckah (otherwise known as @nemesisinc on Twitter) describes himself as “a Lesotho native through and through”. He was born and raised in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, but currently resides in Cape Town. He says that being from a small country has enabled him to have a view of the world that stretches beyond his own confines while giving him the opportunity to re-imagine and channel the energies of his ancestors through the medium of hip-hop.
Core Wreckah’s music is hardcore hip-hop delivered with a gutteral growl. The style being one that has been perfected by the long-standing tradition of Basotho freestyle rappers (liroki). This gutteral style is something that helps one recognise the sound of Core Wreckah. The husky grumble of his lyrics bring them alive, and authenticate his hip-hop. His style consists of many call-and-response chants, which have become a staple of Basotho music. His music is not Sesotho funk, nor is it mountain pop; it’s the real African hip-hop, at its best.
He has released a few tracks of note, but the one that started the buzz is, ‘Ngoan’a Nts’oana’. The song is a liberation song for artists about not letting the powers-that-be, who are plugging less and less money into your art form, get you down.
He has also collaborated with local Cape Town band 3 Piece Suit, as well as the San Instru-monumentalist. These collaboration have seen Core Wreckah adapt to different styles of music, without losing his unique sound.
Keep an eye out South Africa, and even more so, Lesotho, for Core Wreckah and his career, that’s only going to go from strength to strength. For more info on him, check out his blog. Alternatively, you can see, listen and download his works here.
Jonathan Duguid (@theDramaKing)