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Hot Traxxx / Ready D MIXtape
« on: March 29, 2005, 09:24:12 AM »
Also, Hueman is still keeping it as tight as ever with that track.RIP for real.Thats gotta be one of the best tracks ever dropped by anyone.Right up there with the best of them.Who did the beat?

Kaptain made that beat. Only Kaptain can make such beats. Also one of my favourite local tracks.

Hip Hop Events / Fire on the mountain
« on: March 24, 2005, 10:20:03 AM »
mulmens, how was the event?
This wekend I got positive feedback ffrom someone who was there.

I hear that Kaptain from Groundworks was brilliant. He performed after BMP. I've also been told that Black & Dilika from the Durban crew Nymphonic Bastards of The Universe were also tight.


Hot Traxxx / Ready D MIXtape
« on: March 11, 2005, 02:12:58 PM »
I bought Ready D’s CD a few weeks back .

Track selection
It’s got a mix of local & international tracks. The only thing I did not like is that it mostly had well-known local tracks – did not expose any new local tracks – AMU & Tebza(5th floor), Rau Rau – Skwatta, A dream led to this -Tumi, Stereotype type Hueman(RIP) from the Groundworks, Attention – ProVerb, Amu & selwyn, Amu – act crazy, Neon Don – track that was on the cape of Good dope album & Ancient man. I think those are the only local tracks on the CD. Forgot POC with Zola. W

Interntional artists & tracks include  - Dilated Peoples – Triple optics from their 2000 album, Shabam Saddiq, Sound Providers, Thomas and Jefferson. Forgot the others.

The mixing & scratching is not as good as I expected from Ready D – he sounds so much better live. Nonetheless it’s still worth having in my collection.

General Discussion / Note to Rappers
« on: March 11, 2005, 12:35:12 PM »
Do you know how the Album is doing like estimated sales?

Brick - I read an article in the Sunday World a few weeks back - the album had sold about 3 000 copies. Selwyn was understandably disspaointed but I'm sure the sales have picked up since then.

General Discussion / Note to Rappers
« on: March 11, 2005, 12:33:01 PM »
Do you know how the Album is doing like estimated sales?

Brick - I read something a few weeks back - it had sold about 3000 copies & Selwyn was understandably dissapointed. I'm sure the sales have picked up since then.

General Discussion / What Does A King Do
« on: March 11, 2005, 12:20:50 PM »
The advent of democratic or at least forms of electoral systems in many African countries has meant that Kings only have ceremonial duties. They don’t really rule / provide leadership to nations as in the days of Shaka, Hintsa, Moshoeshe, etc. political leaders (pr3sidents & prime ministers) have more power than him. In Swaziland it’s very different because the King can overrule judges, parliament, etc. in fact Swaziland is Africa’s only remaining monarchy. Mswati has a nice job indeed. The man is living it up while AIDS & poverty is destroying the country.

Maybe you are right Brick  that may be Mswati’s job. But you’ve got to confess that you envy the man – 11 wives & luxury cars. 2 have escaped recently. He also has a 2 mistresses – he is just not satisfied. Nice job, anyway.

In SA traditional leaders used to be very influential which explains why the apartheid government used them to promote apartheid policies like Bantustans. Those who disagreed (like Sabata Dalindyebo & Buthelezi’s brother Mceleli) were disposed of & new kings installed in their positions (e.g. Magosuthu & Matanzima).

KZN is currently having a debate on what powers the king should have. Some people argue that he should just have a ceremonial role the king should not be involved in party politics.  KZN has another king who is not scared of controversy – remember the story about marrying a minor.  We pay his big budget of about R27 million. Is this right?

Politics / south africa not african enough
« on: March 09, 2005, 03:10:08 PM »
Phil. Agree with your most of your points.

But it is too simplistic to say being eurocentric has to do with just economic growth. Think of China, currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but far from being Euro centric. The Chinese have their own way of doing business – foreigners have to adapt, the Chinese value their languages, culture 7 way of life. Off course like any other country it cant run away from some effects of globalization. Nonetheless, it is definitely not Eurocentric. The same can be said of Japan, India, United Arab Emirates.

Politics / south africa not african enough
« on: March 09, 2005, 02:53:43 PM »
This has little to do with not being African enough. The fact is that there is growing resentment of South Africa in many African countries. This is mostly because we have emerged as arguably the most influential country in Africa barely 10 years after freedom. The bigger &mmore complicated issue is that we are seen as the new imperialists in some parts of Africa. This comes from the fact that many SA firms (e.g. MTN, Shoprite, Vodacom, Eskom, Standard bank, etc) are moving into many African countries and doing very well.

The fact is that many Africans rightly see us as Xenophobic. We call them Amakwekwere, blame them for taking our jobs, women, etc. Of course not every South African is xenophobic but some incidents just show that xenophobia is a big problem with us. A few years back 7 Africans died when they were hurled off a moving train by South Africans who were on their way back from protesting about unemployment.

Why did many African delegates not vote for us during the 2006 & 2010 world cup bids. Many say it is a sign of the growing resentment that Africans have about us.

The Mail & guardian has recently reported that many African politicians in the African Union want to  move the NEPAD secretariat to Ethiopia.

Politics / Mafia killed JFK
« on: March 03, 2005, 09:44:28 AM »
[/quote]Anyway any of you political analysts/ conspiracy theorists know who was behind the following a**a**inations?

Josiah Tongogara
Samora Machel (Yes I think it was an a**a**ination)
Enersto "Che" Guevara
Martin Luther King
Malcolm X

Josiah Tongogara - probably someone within Zanu. People are asking questions about Mugabe's role in the killing. it's only speculation.

Samora Machel - it is widely accepted that the apartheid regime had a lot to do with the plane crash.

Che - although he was shot by Bolivian soldiers, the US ordered the killing. In fact the soldiers who killed him were trained by the US government  

Politics / Mafia killed JFK
« on: March 02, 2005, 04:15:24 PM »
Waht would be rdeally interesting is to find out who really killed Chris Hani. Janus Walus pulled the trigger but who made the order?

& what about the three politician-turned businessman (Ramaphosa, Phosa & Sexwale) who were said to have hatched a plot to a**asinate President Mbeki? Seems as if it was just a conspirancy.

Politics / Mafia killed JFK
« on: March 02, 2005, 01:51:07 PM »
Whoever is interested in the Nongqawuse story should read a book entitled The heart of Redness by Zakes Mda.   It discusses the Nongqawuse story & puts in the current South African context , exploring beliefs, underdevelopment and their interrelatedness.

People should not forget that historical events can be twisted to suit particular opinions / to justify certain actions. What I can safely a**ume is that since many Africans are superstitious, it is possible to exploit that & their belief systems.

The dominant view is that the British used it as a “military strategy”. Most historians state that at first people did not believe Nongqawuse’s “prophecies” & only did so after Sir George Grey instructed his people to preach the message to black people. In fact about 5 years back the British had a meeting with representatives from SA including Zoloani Mkiva on reconciliation & forgiveness for the frontier wars & the Nongqawuse “debacle”.

The truth is that there are many more Nongqawuses today who continue to mislead people & exploit people’s weaknesses to achieve their aims. If what happened all those years ago can be considered suicide, we should also label the self-destructive actions of our many South Africans suicide. If we believe it was genocide (if we believe that people were misled by British settlers), then not much has changed.

Get bra Zakes Mda’s book. Fascinating stuff.

Politics / BUDGET 2 DOUBLE O 5
« on: February 23, 2005, 04:23:31 PM »
Thanks for the summary,

Overall it was a good speech.

I only have one problem though:
The state obviously has more money to spend but it still lacks the capacity to do so. Check out institutions like the SETAs, National Empowerment Fund and Umsobomvu Youth Fund. They are sitting on billions of Rands & cant spend them. It’s crazy. The government & its agencies lack the technical & managerial skills to drive development. Until we address this we’ll continue to grow at a small pace.

It’s good that we’ll pay less tax. It means people will be able to spend more on retail services & products including music (I bought Ready D’s compilation album today), cars(lots of young people buying cars lately)., etc.

« on: February 22, 2005, 03:13:25 PM »
interesting. thanks for that.

What is suprrising about that list more than who is ther is who is missing. i thought Y mag would sell more than 18 000 copies. it will be interesting to check out the sales of new magazines (Hype, Blink - the latest has Moses molelekwa on the cover, Soccer life). I think Hype will grow over the next few months. Simphiwe Mpye @ the helm is a very talented brother. It's a quality publication, but as we all know that does not garauntee survival in this game - ask This Day newspaper. trash continues to sell(Daily Sun still the biggest).  

The financial Mail has roped in a new editor (Barney mthombothi) the man will push circulation figures up as the mag will start to appeal to more people (they already have a feauture on Metro FM's Given Mkhari Show).

I'm still wondering how many copies SL & Y mag are pushing.

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