Chana’s Pieces ‘picked up’ by SABC

Rapper Khuli Chana's documentary Picking Up The Pieces will be broadcast on SABC before the end of the year.

The documentary, which followss the events surrounding Khuli's 2013 ordeal - when he was shot at by police officials using an automatic rifle in a case of mistaken identity.

Khuli Chana. Credit: Supplied

The film is gaining more traction, and was screened at the Jozi Film Festival over the weekend.

Last month Tonight sat down with the rapper, while he signed bottles of limited edition Absolut Khuli Chana (200 were delivered on that day).

“This is what I get for having a bottle of my own,” he said jokingly as we moved the bottles around to make space for my notepad.

The Mmabatho-born Khuli Chana, real name Khulane Morule, was fresh off his big reveal of a partnership with the adult beverage brand, Absolut.

The look of the bottle is personalised to represent Chana's personality.

He explained that he thought they would give him the normal bottle and just ask him to add his signature, but they brought the design of the bottle to him for approval and he loved the first bottle he saw. He describes it as “simple but striking”

His first project with the beverage brand was with the Africa Absolute campaign.

The rapper says perhaps the deal did not feel like your average “endorsement deal,” because instead of him saying “Hey, I am Khuli and I sip Absolut, they said “Hey, we are Absolut and we are about Khuli Chana”.

Khuli is also aware that many of his fans are waiting with baited breath for his next solo project. So when asked about collaborations with females, he explains that he actually loves female vocalists.

“Moneoa can 'get it',” he says - and just to clarify he says, “Moneoa, can get it, in the booth.”.

He thinks Gigi Lamyne and Rouge would be great additions to the list, but does not want to reveal too much about his collaborations as yet.

He says that because he is from the school of Jabba (rapper Hip Hop Pantsula, aka HHP), he will continue the tradition of uplifting “the unknowns”, like Doe Boy, whom he describes as “woke” and one of the best rappers we will know.

We can also expect international collaborations.

In his album he says that we will clearly hear that he is not the Khuli he was four years ago, as he's now a father, it's a new era in hip-hop and he has matured enough to tell his whole truth.

Another thing that deserves celebration is the SABC’s 90% local music drive.

“South Africa is slowly getting over being anybody other than who we are. The first big step is the 90% (quota), because we are finally catching up with the rest of Africa, in being proud of our own music enough to endorse it.”

It's about time we “do us,” he says, adding that there are a couple of lessons we still have to learn to smooth out the process, to perhaps make it less “deurmekaar”.

He makes an example of his Nigerian barber who - no matter how low-quality Nollywood films are at times - only plays “home-cooked” films in his barbershop because of the pride that he has.

Khuli's film has been well-received by fans since its premiere last month and he is also excited that the public broadcaster is showing interest in it.

In an interview with Eye Witness News, he said, “It's starting to grow legs and many people have shown interest. SABC will air it as well so everybody will get a piece of that action,” he said.

The production has given him the opportunity to set the record straight.

“When you've been through what I have and there's 20 million versions of the story, you wish you had a one-on-one to let them know what really went down.”