One of the finest lyricists in South Africa, Stogie T (Tumi Molekane) will be sharing the stage with the exciting and innovative band The Rebirth of Cool this Saturday at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre in Joburg.
The Rebirth Of Cool sees the meeting of two closely connected genres, jazz and hip-hop. The band consists of South African music mainstays like Soshanguve-born jazz virtuosa Thandi Ntuli (piano and keys), Cape Town composer Benjamin Jeptha (bass), percussion wizard Siphelelo Mazibuko (drums) and beat kings DJ Kenzhero and Tha Muzik. They weave some magic on stage. Peep their rendition of Nas’s “The World is Yours” below.
The band will perform its own set, joined by Stogie T’s lyrical contributions. The rapper will then perform his solo set, backed by the same band. The evening promises to be an exciting and innovative show, as Stogie T hasn’t been performing with a live band for a minute, which is something he was known for when he was still part of Tumi and the Volume.
“Performing with a live band is my first love,” says the rapper about the upcoming show.
Joining the emcee on his set will be some of the artists he collaborated with on his two recent albums Stogie T and Return of the King – Emtee, Yanga and Samthing Soweto, as well as his old-time collaborator, the soulful vocalist Pebbles.
The rapper’s set will consist mostly of new materials. “We go way back, but this show isn’t about throwbacks,” he says, “it’s about what two accomplished members of the SA hip-hop community have evolved into today.”
Stogie T’s evolution has seen him stay relevant in the precarious hip-hop scene, where a lot of artists have come and disappeared in less than five years of being at the top. Think of the likes of HHP, Pitch Black Afro, Pro and ProVerb, who, though still make music, aren’t as visible as they once were at the zenith of their careers.
Stogie T has managed to collaborate with younger artists and producers, while still keeping the lyrical sensibilities that made him one of the best to ever come out of South Africa.
Speaking to City Press’s arts and culture section, Trending, the rapper explained his evolution. “I wanted to explore some other music that I haven’t done,” he said. “I felt like I hadn’t participated in the game in a way that was really befitting of my talent. I felt like my talent deserved a bit more. The difference really is that I grew up bro. Things I used to talk about were me looking at the world as what it could be, dreaming, ideologically pure and young. Now I’m more pragmatic, more cynical. The veneer has kinda worn off. I want to reflect the world for what it is.”
Tickets to the show are available at Computicket, which you can find here.