Shangazine had a chance to meet up with rapper MC Bloq to talk to him about his love for one of the most unrecognized music genres in South Africa, Tsonga Rap. Watch and listen to MC Bloq tell us more about himself and what this music means to him.   RELATED: Lesson is a Xitsonga Music Awards 2019 Nominee RELATED: Leo Bee’s Tsonga Bars Over EverythingRead More →

CVP The Problem, whose real name is Martin Mavunda is a 24-year-old Tsonga Rapper from a small village called Basopa in Limpopo.   Xo Mugaza TV or XMTV managed to track him down in his village to have a little chat on his passion for rapping in Tsonga. He talks about it in the video below that starts off with a Shangazine commercial with a song he was featured on…watch! Follow CVP The Problem on Facebook as CVP The Problem and on Twitter as Martin_Clein. Vide0: Xo Mugaza TVRead More →

Dala FAM, whose real name is Ndalama Marvel Mukhari is a musician from Waterval in Limpopo. He is an ambitious soul who’d like to see Tsonga Rap as an established genre within the South African Hip Hop scene. Q: When did you fall in love with Tsonga Rap and what steps did you take to perfect your craft? A: It is strange because I’ve been rapping for over 10 years in English and never once wrote a song in Xitsonga. What’s even more strange is that both my parents were teachers, my mom taught Xitsonga as a home language but I’d never rap in myRead More →

Hlulani Masingi met up with Mandla Leggere Gingirikani Waka Mashava of #NkaneloWaGingirikani to talk more about Shangazine. This YouTube channel normally discusses Tsonga music genres in detail however, Mandla decided to do things with a bit of a twist in a quest to find out more about Shangazine. The interview is conducted in Xitsonga langauge so grab your Tsonga friend nearby and watch it together. RELATED: Tsonga Electro Songs & Obscene LanguageRead More →

It is quite rare for rappers to use their birth names but, Lesson just thought his was just too interesting not to go to stage. Born in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg yet rooted at a small village called Phaphazela in Malamulele, Lesson Makhubele fell in love with rap music at the age of 11 and also just released an album called Fresh Air. To get a bit of fresh air on Lesson, we asked him to share a thing to two about himself.   Q: Why did you choose to call yourself ‘Lesson’ as your stage name? A: Lesson is my name of birth. IRead More →

Soweto-born Christian musician Collen Maluleke will be recording a live DVD for his new album; GRATEFUL,  at the House of Treasurers Ministries in Johannesburg.  In finding out more about our Tsonga brother, we chatted to Maluleke so he tells us about his music journey.   Q: Tell us about your childhood memories. A: Growing up in Soweto was very normal for me it taught me how to live with other people hence I’m multilingual.   Q: Do you recall any interesting stories of your childhood that you think are worth telling? A: I used to get into many fights because I hated being bullied orRead More →

Hailing from a small village outside Malamulele in Limpopo, Bongani Mbhiza popularly known as Leo Bee is an Emcee whose passion is to throw bars after bars, BOE! In a quest to find out more about his upcoming album; Barcoded Expression, Shangazine asked Leo for a quick chat! Q: WHERE DOES YOUR LOVE FOR RAP COME FROM? A: It all started when I was young, I was always fascinated by a lot of songs especially in terms of how the language is used in the songs. Things such as figure of speech, rhymes, punchlines and poetic flow always caught my attention and when I finallyRead More →