LOCAL artists Ryda and A-train are undoubtedly the fastest rising hip hop stars in the north. After watching them perform at Ongwediva’s ‘Sanremo M&G’, last weekend, an interview had to be in order.
Packed with a fresh sound of seductive lyrical genius, a new kind of perspective in the words they spit, given the modernisation and main-streaming of the hip hop genre, the two artists, who are soon to collaborate as a duo carry a great measure of talent and the future can only tell how far they will go in the music industry.
While Ryda (23) is busy prepping himself to study at the College of the Arts next year, A-train (22) spends time attending to his clients as a graphic designer. Yet both still manage to attend to their music which has easily become the first priority in their lives. The North has fallen in love with what the two have to offer, but they are more excited about their future plans of dominating the local hip hop scene.
1.How has your passion for music helped you grow?
RYDA: Music gave me the ability to see things in a different perspective. Everything is now all black and white, no unnecessary colours in the mix.
A-TRAIN: Music made me realise that there is a greater purpose in the art of music, apart from rhythmic notes. It made me realise that it’s the content in the music that made me who I am today, and I am glad it lies within me.
2.What plans do you have in the pipeline for yourself?
RYDA and A-TRAIN both say that their new management team SWAVYGO, which they just recently signed with, plans on putting them into studio early August to start working on a mix tape which will be a collaboration between the two of us.
3.Who manages your tours, and generally, your activities as artists while you record songs?
The name of the group is SWAVYGO. SWAVYGO means to swerve and go. In other words it means, instead of moving mountains to solve a problem sometimes it’s better to just swerve past it then go!
SWAVYGO is a Media group which is an Artist Management and all media relations o r i e n t a t e d c o m p a n y which was or i g ina l ly f o u n d e d by our current manager Martin Nanyome well known as Bunny who is our childhood friend and is like a brother to everyone. He is the one that has the whole blue print and lay out of the main plan.
4.Who is your musical inspiration, locally and internat ional l y, and why?
R Y D A : I n t e r n a t i o n a l 2 PAC, 2 C H A I N S ; l o c a l
should be my boy A-TRAIN
A-TRAIN:Inte rnat iona l schoolboy-Q, ace hood, T.I; local RYDA
The love we have been receiving lately is overwhelming. Namibians love what we are bringing them and us knowing this is good, because now we know what to keep feeding them to satisfy their musical diet.
We at SWAVYGO are dedicated to making music with soul, class, rhythm, i n s p i r a t i o n , and the most important thing is the content you find within our music. We make sure we take our listeners through the multiple journeys of life that we have gone through on a personal level and we make sure to also tell stories of those that don’t have the voice or platform to reach the masses like we do.
7.Who do you want to collaborate with in the future?
RYDA: Upcoming artists, underground cats and all those with talent that needs to be showcased but don’t have the power to. I want to help my brothers and sisters in the industry so we can break bread together (share the pie together).
A-TRAIN: I’d like to work with those who are in the industry to put Namibia on the map. I think it’s time the world meets Namibia and Africa as a whole.
8.What sets your music apart from the rest?
SWAVYGO’s musical motto is; to create music that would change lives; music that people can relate to.
9.Do you believe the Namibian music can become a financially sustainable career path, if so how?
Yes, this can only happen the minute other artists who associate themselves with the music industry start treating the music industry like any other business in the world. We say this because these days people take artists as a joke and the moment they stop doing that and start paying what’s due to us in the correct sums, music would definitely be a business that one can live off and eventually turn into a career.
10.What are some of the challenges you have faced in this industry?
Getting air play, getting booked for gigs and getting paid right.
11.What do you find most fascinating about the music industry?
The fact that one hit single has the power to blow up somebody’s music career.
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