CITY OF DURBAN GIVES UNDERGROUND MUSICIANS THE SPOTLIGHT
By: Sethabile Bhekiswayo
Winter night drizzles couldn’t stop Durbanites from coming out to support underground music artists this past weekend.
The rooftop on Pixely kaSeme (formerly known as West Street) 320 building was filled with hip-hop fanatics who came to enjoy performances by some of the best underground rappers
and singing sensations, that came to showcase their not-yet recognised talent.
The “Diamonds in the Dirt” is a project that consists of six artists who collaborated with the Department of Arts and Culture to do a six-leg tour in KwaZulu-Natal to promote different
This project has not only given these artists a platform to showcase their talent, but it allows them to improve their way of performing on stage.
The talented musicians include Nontando Mhlongo who goes by the name of Skye Wanda on stage.
“Growing up in a family with a music background gave me a head start, since my singing career began 17 years ago.
I sang at all events; from funerals to weddings and I’m happy about this opportunity that allows me to broaden myself as a musician,” Mhlongo said after her performance.
Thobeka Dlomo, event and project organiser, said the event turned out better than she anticipated.
“The event was a success looking at the number of people who came through to support and I appreciate the fact that Sky Vodka and the Department of Arts and Culture shared our vision
of promoting some of Durban’s best musicians,” Dlomo said.
Underground musicians shared the spotlight with upcoming fashion designers who came out in numbers to showcase what they had to offer.
Tellaman, known for his hit single with Okmalumekoolkat titled “Drinks and Music”, also performed. He was followed by Raheem Kemet who took the stage with a mix of rap and
With good food being sold for growling stomachs, the night continued smoothly with people dancing and singing along to old school hip-hop music.