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The Booth: Andy Mkosi on the Tracks that Give Her Life

Andy Mkosi The Booth Platform Ntsika Daki
Original photograph by Ntsika Daki

Andy Mkosi has been working tirelessly within Cape Town’s alternative hip hop scene for some time now – which alone can be challenging when one considers how often it gets overshadowed by Joburg and Durban’s.

Earlier this week she was featured in an Okayafrica piece, 25 South African Rappers Under 25 Killing the Game where she was mentioned by writer Sabelo Mkhabela alongside the likes of Nasty C, Youngsta, Miss Celaneous, Priddy Ugly and Espacio Dios – an encouraging nod to the fact that her work is not, by any means, going unnoticed.

A born and bred Cape Tonian, having grown up in Langa and Gugulethu, she has always enjoyed expressing herself on paper and so confided in poetry and eventually in hip hop by means of the kwaito she was surrounded by. She began attending ciphers, fuelling a fire to be on stage, and first performed in 2010. Since then she has gone from strength to strength. She cites as some of her personal highlights including performing at the Hip Hop Indaba in 2011 and opening up for Jean Grae and Pharoah Monch at the Ibuyambo Centre in 2012.

With roots-y boom bap production behind her, her natural flow and honest lyrics explore a vulnerability which stares down much of (South African) hip hop’s now clichéd manufactured bravado. Her 2015 EP, iPressure, dives into her dealings with everyday pressures from her family life, her sexuality and relationships and the pressures of making it in the rap game. She also recently released an intensely passionate collab EP, Bread and Sugar Water, which she recorded with Sabza at Red Bull Studios. On top of the music making, she is also a photographer and runs a series of creative-outlet events called Jam That Session with fellow musician OBie Mavuso.

We’ll be following Andy closely with confident excitement.

We all want to know exactly what our favourite musicians are bumping, to get a sense of where the magic (partly) comes from. The Booth is a taste of all that. Andy Mkosi has shared with us 5 tracks that she’s into, in no particular order:
Bibi Bourelly – ‘Riot’

I am obsessing over Bibi at the moment and crushing on her really hard. She is just so great musically and this is the one song I have been repeating off her EP lately. Her vocal range is amazing on this song and this song speaks to so many things at this moment. I remember seeing the visuals for it and I was just so moved by her and the song. Bourelly for president.

Herbie Tsoaeli – ‘Hamba NoMalume’

Firstly, I could not find a direct link to the song online, so I opted for this video made by journalist, Tseliso Monaheng, where he uses the song as a backing track. With that said, bra’Herbie’s song just manages to do things to my soul hey. I always find myself going back to this song. I first heard it being played on Bush Radio back in 2012 and I have never let go of it.

Dope Saint Jude – Light of the Moon (Clair De Lune) feat. Janeli

This song has this thing of reminding me of childhood and lullabies and it’s a comforting thought. I just love hearing the sound of Dope Saint Jude on these synths and high hats. *pretends to know a thing or two about production* I just really love the sense of innocence the song has.

Kanyi – ‘Andizenzi’

Damn, Kanyi was quiet for the longest time and when she shared this earlier this year it was worth the damn wait. Kanyi is ntswempu, man. She just does the damn thing. Her flow is relentless and she carries so much character in her music, you can tell she takes time, no line is stumbled on. It’s pure genius. Makes me proud to be Xhosa.

Psychedelic_AK – ‘Aunties in Woodstock’

This instrumental makes me fall in love. It’s just so warm. The whole beat tape is fire, but this particular beat has been doing it for me for the past month. I tried buying it from Psychy. He either ignored my email or whatever the case was, but I missed the opportunity – hope the person who bought it will do the beat justice.

Andy Mkosi is busy wrapping up another EP, tentatively titled ‘Vizualize‘, likely set for a late August release. In the mean time, bump her latest work on Soundcloud, and stay informed on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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