Balance The Noise: A movement to bring people together through music.

“Music industry has taught us to respect one another and how to communicate with people through music,” said a budding hip hop artist Gze Leeroy about his work with friends NathanSA, Ceejay and TeePro to produce their music album ‘Balance The Noise Movement.’

During the lockdown, the four friends teamed up to work on a 10-track music album, which was produced by Dunny 82K.The album started as a production of one song titled ‘Kubva kudara’, a Shona phrase meaning “we come from afar,” Gze Leeroy said. Then, when they realised the power of the song’s message, they decided to proceed to do an album.

“We then decided to create other songs with similar messages to the first song,” he said. “It then became a movement to motivate and bring people together. The aim was now to fight against discrimination and use music to unite different cultures. Thus, we decided to call the album ‘Balance The Noise Movement.’”

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The songs in the album tell different stories using lyrics from different languages, including Shona, Zulu and Tswana.

“People should become one despite background and language differences,” Gze Leeroy said. “As a team we always make sure that we bring something new and nice for our city. We all have one vision, which is to never give up till we reach our destiny.”

 Upcoming artists in the townships face frustrating challenges. “Recognition does not come easy,” he said. “It is not easy to make it out there, but the advantage we have is that we do our own music video production, and we are well connected to our producer. The other challenge is to work on getting more fans.”

“We are working on another album and some promotional videos to boost our social media platforms,” Gze Leeroy said. “We have already recorded five singles which are currently being mixed and mastered, waiting to be released together with the videos early next year.” 

Meet Trapgoat, a budding hip-hop dancer

Hip hop talent in local communities hides in the underground where a growing rap and hip hop scene goes unnoticed.

Hip-hop dancer Trapgoat

Within this hidden world, experimental dancers strive to showcase their talent. Kamogelo Machaba, known as Trapgoat, is one of these hip-hop dancers who deserve the spotlight.

The 20-year-old started his dancing journey while he was still at high school. Becoming an entertainer, let alone a dancer, was something Trapgoat considered a dream. He is one of those dancers who decided to create his own dance moves, forming an image that is blended with contemporary hip-hop beats.

Trapgoat has a lot of masculine energy when he dances. He likes making his dancing something electric and unpredictable, but also soft.

Ronnie The Hustler and Trapgoat

“My aim is to be a professional dancer one day,” he said. “It is not easy because some people always try to discourage me. However, I keep on going and I see that I am making enormous progress.”

Trapgoat was raised by his grandmother in Limpopo. He relocated to Johannesburg, and he attended his secondary education at Diepsloot West Secondary. In early 2021, he moved to Cosmo City. Being a great dancer he is, he stole the hearts of many and ended up being called to perform at a local event. Everything took a different direction after he met Ronald Kubisa (Ronnie The Hustler).

 “Ronnie The Hustler is working hard to see me flourish,” Trapgoat said. “I really want to thank him for everything especially the advice that he gives me .”

 Trapgoat has made many videos dancing to hip-hop songs while promoting energy drink brands. He said he hopes to get a sponsorship from one of the top brands.

“He is a serious dancer,” said Ronnie The Hustler. “He approached me last year. And we decided to work together this year. I am happy with the effort that he is putting to showcase his talent. I will help him wherever I can, and God will lead the way.”

Don Wura Spreading His African Roots Through Music

 Lanre David Olatunbosun, popularly known as Don Wura in the entertainment business, is a living testament to the rewards of pursuing and finding one’s dream in a foreign land.

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Born and raised in Agege, Lagos State in Nigeria, Wura, a Yoruba word meaning King in English, left for South Africa a couple of years ago and settled in Northriding, Roodepoort, a suburb he has called home since.

Four years ago, Don Wura got bitten by the music bug and went on to establish his own record label called 899KARAT ENTERTAINMENT.

“I started doing music professionally since 2018 and I’ve worked with prominent musicians like Bella shmurda, Eleniyan, Destiny boy, 2T Boiz, Lil Frosh, Idowest, Jargokush, etc,” he explained.

The talented and stylish musician also announced that he is currently working on a new single titled Set Awon Tani (meaning Whose Set) featuring Nigeria’s elites Idowest of DMW, a record company owned by Davido, and Jargokush of Kush Empire Entertainment. This latest offering is set to be released on Heritage Day (24 September).

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This much-anticipated track by Don Wura’s fans is a follow-up to Talo Ni Kopor, which he released last year featuring DestinyBoy and 2tboyz. However,  the global Covid-19 pandemic, which brought many industries including music to their knees, hampered the track’s success.

“I’ve always been a big fan of music,” Wura said, “and music has always been part of my life growing up in Agege, an area in Lagos known for its Fuji and Highlife music. The love of these sounds is what got me to specialise in the Afrobeats genre but infuse it with Fuji and Highlife sounds.”

Fuji and Highlife are popular Nigerian musical genres that arose from the improvisational wéré music, also known as ajísari (meaning "waking up for sari"), a genre of music performed to wake Muslims before dawn during the Ramadan fasting season.

The highlight of Wura’s music career thus far has been the privilege of working with prominent Nigerian artists such as Bella Shmurda, Lil Frosh and Idowest.

  With his upcoming debut EP, titled ObaniWura after the single, Don Wura plans to expand his sound and add a South African flavour to it.

“I definitely want to penetrate the South African market with the music I make, so collaborating with SA artists is necessary.  I’m currently working on having the likes of Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly, and Gigi Lamayne on my records,” he envisaged.

 When Wura is not performing or recording, he said,  he loves watching local and international football, and spending time around sundowners with family and friends over a sizzling Chesa nyama (braai).

For more infotainment about Don Wura follow him on Twitter - @Donwura2, and IG - @donwuraa.

Itunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/ng/album/set-awon-tani-feat-jargo-kush-idowest-single/1583115489?app=itunes

THE FOREVER PURGE

Genre: Action-Thriller

Cast: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman, Leven Rambin, Alejandro Edda and Will Patton

Director: Everardo Gout

Writer: James DeMonaco

Producers: Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, James DeMonaco, Sébastien K. Lemercier

Executive Producers: Marcei A. Brown, Everardo Gout, Jeanette Volturno

This summer, all the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end in The Forever Purge.

Vaulting from the record-shattering success of 2018’s The First Purge, Blumhouse’s infamous terror franchise hurtles into innovative new territory as members of an underground movement, no longer satisfied with one annual night of anarchy and murder, decide to overtake America through an unending campaign of mayhem and massacre. No one is safe.

Adela (Ana de la Reguera, Army of the Dead) and her husband Juan (Tenoch Huerta, Days of Grace) live in Texas, where Juan is working as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb (Will Patton, Halloween), but that fuels the jealous anger of Caleb’s son, Dylan (Josh Lucas, Ford v Ferrari).

On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family—including Dylan’s wife (Cassidy Freeman, HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones), and his sister (Leven Rambin, The Hunger Games), forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.

From a screenplay by franchise creator and narrative mastermind James DeMonaco, The Forever Purge is directed by Everardo Gout, writer-director of the award-winning thriller Days of Grace. The film is produced by the franchise’s founding producers: Jason Blum for his Blumhouse Productions; Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller; and Man in a Tree duo James DeMonaco and his longtime producing partner Sébastien K. Lemercier. The film’s executive producers are Marcei A. Brown, Everardo Gout and Jeanette Volturno. Universal Pictures presents, in association with Perfect World Pictures, a Platinum Dunes/Blumhouse/Man in a Tree production.

Release date: 10th September 2021

Censorship rating: 18 H L P V

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