RIKY RICK

Riky Official Pic

Riky’s introduction to the music industry began in a recording studio session with Bongani Fassie. It was by Bongani’s side that Riky was first inspired to make music of his own. He has since become a sought after music producer for artist ranging from MXO to L-Tido.

Fortunately music production is just one of the many tools in Riky’s skill set. He writes, composes, produces and creates soundscapes for his own brand of music, which includes his featuring as a lyricist and often singer. His mixtapes can be found on the internet downloaded by the thousands.

Riky’s Quest for knowledge in the entertainment industry also led him to AFDA where he studied film production. Since, he has helmed a number of music videos and documentary shorts for South African artists as well as shooting videos for himself in exotic locations like the canals of Amsterdam and South African mine dumps.

Yes, he’s also good infront of the camera, often sought after to appear in fashion shows ranging from clients like NIKE and Ben Sherman, Riky has a personality and sense of style that adds to any production. Recently he plays the role of a music producer on DSTV’s latest drama, ISIBAYA. Riky’s character, “Mandellic” is a favorite for viewers of MNETS most watched local drama.”

Website: www.rikyrick.tumblr.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rikyrick
Twitter: www.twitter.com/rikyrickworld
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/rikyrick

Reason

reason

Young, gifted with rap. You’d be forgiven for thinking this is hip-hop artist Sizwe “Reason” Moeketsi’s moniker. Having broken into the music industry early, this young artist has a starpower and longevity that belies his age.

Born in Tembisa and raised in Katlehong, Reason came up as a battle rapper competing in numerous competitions, both official and on the street corner. It wasn’t long before Johannesburg began to take notice and he began making appearances on YFM delivering breakfast jingles for DJ Fresh on “The Unrestricted Breakfast Show” in 2005.

Reason has gone on to be named Hype Magazine’s King of the Bedroom and was named “Emcee of the Month” by Hip Hop’s first lady Lee Kasumba in March 2006 on YFM “Rap Activity”. This buzz propelled Reason to multiple shows across South Africa as well as a Scandinavian tour. Since then, Reason has gone to collaborate with some of South Africa’s most prolific rappers such as Proverb, Tumi, Zubz, ILL Skillz, HHP, Amu, and AKA.

Reason’s first studio release “The Reasoning”, boasting the production talents of Battlekat, Instro, Mizi, Rastic Ras and Ootz The Afronaut, garnered critical acclaim posting 4 stars in Hype Magazine, positioning it as one of South Africa’s highest rated albums in 2010. Reason then joined South Africa’s largest hip-hop brand Kool Out Entertainment as the featured Emcee and host for all Johannesburg events and has performed with international stars Ras Kass, Qwazzar (Typical Cats), K’Naan, and Masta Ace.

In 2011, this “Unsigned Hype” joined Motif Records, marking a new step in his career and will feature his first official label release in June 2012. Motif Records, a South African based independent music company, recording, developing and promoting cutting edge music through strategic music management. Motif was formed in the late 2000’s and have established one of the most sought after roster including one of Africa’s most popular hip-hop exports – Tumi (Tumi And The Volume), South African/Canadian singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim, the labels latest artist partnership include SA hip-hop artists Perfecto and Reason.

Motif see’s an opportunity to develop and nurture African and South African talent with the potential for longevity in today’s declining music business fixated with pop hit formulas.

Website: http://rhymesnreason.blogspot.com or www.reasona3d.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/reasonthemass
Twitter: www.twitter.com/reason4audio3d
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/motifrecords

MUZI

Muzi

Future Hip Hip producer and DJ. 22 year old Muzi hailing from Empangeni in South Africa has been making mutant trap, hyper bass and African soca for a hot minute now, dropping tunes that burst with energy and have great delivery. Debut EP ‘Bundu FX’ features four tunes that strut at high tempo, splicing the mind-bending wallop of dubstep, the flipped out swagger of trap, dancehall and riffs of glitch hop. This is a solid indicator of where the kids down south are taking things. These tracks are party music, big room and uncompromising yet full of rhythmic verve and booty bounce. Quality, highly recommended music!

Website: www.muzi.co.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/muzifanpage?ref=hl
Twitter: www.twitter.com/muziou
Soundcloud:  soundcloud.com/muziofficial

CMJaymmotla

CMJAYMMOTLA

CMJaymmotla, named Junior Mmotla aged 21 born October 14th is a musician currently based in Pretoria originally from Mpumalanga (Bethal) bit by the music bug when he started out as the local beat boxer for ciphers behind the town library after school, got introduced to beat production during the high school years. Bringing  a Hip Hop sound that has a Tribal house music element to it. Having Dark percussion mixed with heavy kick and snare thuds the instrumentals he comes up with consists of repetitive Zulu and Pedi chants with textures that seem out of place, threaded together with social commentary he’s sound leaves you with a “what was that? play it again so I can make sure” feeling. The Young talent draws his influence from the highly respected house Duo Black Motion with their tribal sound other influences being Tumi,AKA,Bon Iver,Kid Cudi,James Blake,Salif Kaita,Pusha T and Kanye West.

At the moment a single from him titled “Real Life” is being received well by the South African kids of the internet, touching on social ills and personal battles with life, this song will be on a body of work titled “Varsity Dreams” which is due end of October.

Website: cmjaymmotlamusic.tumblr.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cmjayjunior.mmotla
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CMJaymmotla
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/cm-jay