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Gauteng, get ready for a party of a life time as Skwatta Kamp celebrate 10 years since the release of their revolutionary album, Mkhukhu Funkshen. Yep, it’s been 10 years since the seven of them gave us Umoya, Eskhaleni and Animal. The album changed the game in terms of hip hop. It was the first South African rap album to go gold and opened the gates for people like HHP, PRO, Proverb and Mr Selwyn to rise from the underground and go mainstream.
Speaking to Shugasmakx about the album, the rapper and business entrepreneur said they had no idea of the impact the album would have on South African music or how successful it would be.
“We took ourselves seriously, not knowing the impact the album would have. We never expected anything, least of all that it would sell just short of platinum. We made music that we felt. We never knew money. All we knew was not being accepted and not giving a f***.
These boys were so young when they signed to Gallo that Shugasmakx’s mother had to sign the contract as he was only 18.
Two months after the release they decided to have a party called Skwatta Khanival in a club in Midrand. Artists such as Selwyn, Lira and Amu performed.
Ten years later the seven of them are reuniting to celebrate not only the enduring success of Mkhukhu Funkshen but also the impact that the group and particularly that album had on youth culture in South Africa.
After years of trying to break through with acts like Prophets of da City from Ghetto Ruff, hip hop had finally arrived. Corporates sat up and took notice. Hype Magazine was using Skwatta’s name to get advertising. Mainstream radio stations like Metro FM were playing them on high rotation.
Hip hop artists were now sharing the stage with the dominant sound of the day, kwaito.
Skwatta themselves were a powerhouse of testosterone on stage. Seven big men jumping, growling, roaring.
Their last live gig was at the infamous Hansa Festival of Legends in Newtown. They played the hip hop stage and absolutely killed it. The memories came flooding back.
Now get ready for more when Skwatta Khanival II takes place tomorrow night at Zone 6 Venue, Diepkloof, Soweto. It features the boys themselves as well as their close friends JR, The Naked DJ and Naves and Sphectacula.
There will also be newcomers on the scene Cassper Nyovest, Ms Cosmo and the awkwardly named Okmalumkoolkat.
The host on the evening is another long-time friend and promoter of hip hop, Bad Boy T aka Thomas Msengana.
Sundowners are from 2pm and performances are from 8pm.