By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE latest installment of arguably Namibia’s flagship hip hop event, the Beat Street, showcased how it has grown and how it continues to be an influential element of the local musical landscape when it was held at the Wolfshack last Friday.
Hosted and organized by DJ Soulfood and DJ Musketeer the show gave a reveler and hip hop fanantics an old school funk hip hop experience, one that is hardly noticeable a t many other musical events in Namibia.
The event started of like any other social gathering on a partly cloudy Friday afternoon and as the sunset at around 7 pm, the Wolfshack had erupted into a hip hop frenzy with reveler busting into Rhymes and Song.
Old and new school hip hop lovers were certainly out in numbers chit chatting and laughing the night away.
As usual, both Musketeer and Soulfood would switch in between sets of ‘sick’ hip hop beats, soul, funk and big beats as well as bars on bars of various rappers from the past as well as a little new school urban hip hop here and there.
The unexpected rain shower did not seem to hamper attendees. An interesting aspect of the show was that the organizers chose digital vinyl turntables, a first experience of its kind in the hip hop arena and one that earned Beat S t r e e t p o s i t i v e reviews.
By 9pm the ambience had grown as some of Namibia’s hip hop “old h e a d s ” s u c h as the l i k e s o f Harry, Deck Geeks and The Boy Jay were all out to show their love for the hip hop culture. As promised, female rapper ROMI stepped up to rap for an ever increasing crowd.
She performed her hit track 11:11 off her album titled 11:11 as well as a new song where she flexed her vocals in her mother tongue of Damara/Nama once again proving that she is a lyricist who clearly expresses herself through her music. Skrypt was the surprise performer and is also a rapper who is slowly climbing the ranks to be one of the biggest hip hop acts in the country.
He also recently released a mix tape titled for the wait. He said that the Beat Street provides a platform for artists like him to just do their own thing and enjoy themselves at the same time.“I think it’s great because they play all the hip hop tunes that have us reminiscing all night long.
“They also allow us to show our work to a crowd which is already made up of fans of the genre and it is always a nice intimate setting so you get to talk to people while listening Beat Street,” he said.
Friday’s event was Beat Street’s eight edition with more yet to come. DJ Soulfood moved to Namibia from Germany a few years ago. He brought his vinyl record collection that consists of more than 1000 records, a part of which he constantly brings to Beat Street.
DJ Musketeer is local Hip- Hop Deejay as well as a qualified sound engineer. He moved to Germany and lived there for a while before returning to Namibia a few years back.
However his record collection is not as vast as DJ Soulfood’s, but his digital collection is his hip hop holy grail, which he is not afraid to use every time he plays.
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