LOCAL RAPPERS GIVEN A CHANCE TO SHINE
By: Siphephelo Sibiya
Non-Governmental Organization- Blackground People is growing the art of rap in the community of Clermont.
The organization has opened a platform for up and coming artists to come and showcase their skills, in hip hop, poetry and reggae.
According to Lungisani Gasa, a member of Blackground People, their aim is to uplift the society and help the youth achieve their goals, by assisting them with necessary needs.
“Blackground People was founded in 2013 by Sandile Mthimkhulu. We do a lot of community services namely assisting at Ezibambeleni Old Age Home. We also host events such as ULwesihlanu
Olwe Beat, which is for local rappers. This organisation encourages people in the neighbourhood to dream big and it offers them support to get through challenges encountered along the way,” said
Local rapper and producer Bonga Spokesperson Simelane was grateful for the opportunity the organisation has given to local talent.
“I appreciate what has been done by the Blackground People. Because local rappers and producers have been in need of a platform to showcase their skills and get a chance to unite,” said Simelane.
“Thanks to events like this I have met a lot of talented rappers that I can collaborate with.
We are now working on a Movement called Clermont vs everybody, where we recruit different rappers and put them on one track,” added Simelane.
“Clermont rap is elevating and reaching new heights. Ulweshlanu Olwe Beat is what local rappers have been longing for. This is not only for rappers, but we as fans get something to keep us busy on Fridays,” said an enthusiastic Anele Mdluli.