Monday, 25 February 2013

Beat Box: Creators of beats Part 1

Over the next three weeks Da Stitch will be inviting ghost writers to contribute their knowledge and thoughts on producers who have influenced and encouraged them to lending a musical ear. Part 1 will see three producers I personally hold highto kick start this part of our music features. 

Much of my time is spent listening to music created by Dr Dre, Raphael Saadiq and our very own kwaito beat maker Spikiri. The mentioned producers have influenced many music heads across the globe and have opened doors to acts that have conquered and changed the game of music.

Raphael Saadiq, his song writing and beat making talents have exposed our ears to great music by RnB and neo-soul acts such as Tony! Toni! Tone!, Lucy Pearl, Joss Stone, Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo to mention just a few. The Grammy Award winning music maker collaborated with D’Angelo, Q-Tip, Ali ShaheedMuhammah of hip-hop band Tribe Called Quest and J.Dilla of Slum Village.

Dr Dre, even to this day this musical genius is still a much talked about hip hop producer. Dr Dre has showered us with talents such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and more recently Kendrick Lamar.  The discovery of Kendrick Lamar clearly highlights that the Doc’s beat making days are far from over.

Spikiri, the Don of the University of KalawaJazmee is one of those calm and passionate beat makers who enjoy telling the story of township lifestyle. “The King Don Father” is one of the figures of South African music who have contributed to what Kwaito music is today. His craftsmanship has laid the platform for acts and bands such as Bongo Muffin, Thebe, Alaska, Trompies which he was a member, Kabelo andTokollo both of whom are part of Kwaito band Tkzee. And the list goes on and on.

Ashley Mokwena

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