3PFD gives us a “SLAP” of reality

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Hip-Hop has always been known for its influential power in terms of shifting mind-sets and affecting one’s psyche, particularly the youth. One of the misconceptions that’s been contrived from this is that a rap lyric can lead one to profanity, hooliganism and criminal behaviour. Hardly is it ever depicted by mass media to the contrary, that self- expression cannot be limited to a simple model of cause and effect.

3PFD is a Christian rapper and the man behind the SLAP Battles league. This Pittsburgh native, real name Evan Tachoir, embodies the underlying core of Hip Hop which is self-expression. He encompasses the ‘be the change you want to see in the world’ adage by turning dreams into reality through the sub-niche of Christian based rap and SLAP Battles, with wholesome yet audacious ambitions.

3PFD’s pursuit of purity translated into establishing a platform much like his life, of pitting virtues against vices of remaining true amidst temptations of sin.. We spoke with him about how he keeps things balanced; going against the grain of battle rap and various aspects of how the business has treated him without hindering his vision.

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Watch “Rollin In Dakar” and “The Pearl of Africa Series” on AfroLandTV Network

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This week on AfroLandTV Network, you can watch Rollin In Dakar and The Pearl of Africa Series.

If you want to know about more about AfroLandTV Network, you can read the interview with AfroLandTV Network’s founder, Michael Maponga.

Rollin in Dakar

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Synopsis:
Five martial artists trained and competed with local martial artist; while living in the local community and traveled using public transportation, truly experiencing the culture, sights, and sounds, and challenges of operating in West Africa.

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The Pearl of Africa Series

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Synopsis: Enter the life of Cleopatra Kambugu, a Ugandan transgender girl who was forced to flee to Kenya after being “outed” as homosexual in one of Uganda’s major tabloids. A story of love, hate and being transgender, in one of the worlds most homophobic places; The Pearl of Africa.

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THREE STEPS WITHIN biography: Lindiwe Maxolo

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As we wrap up the final chapter of the THREE STEPS WITHIN trilogy of biographies, we want to wish the elegant lady of the group Ms Lindiwe Maxolo a very happy birthday.

Befittingly on her special day, THREE STEPS WITHIN which is completed by McCoy Mrubata and Concord Nkabinde, are performing tonight at the State Theatre from 8PM – 11PM. Check out the event article for more information.

As taken from the THREE STEPS WITHIN press release, Lindiwe is regarded as a Vocalist, Composer, Educator & Band Leader. She is a winner of the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition (Afro Vocal Category. Her  debut CD entitled TIME was nominated for a South African Music Award in 2013. She is also as winner of the Mbokodo Award -Women in Jazz, in 2014.

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The Diminished “Live” on….

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The live music experience is one that can be repeated, but never quite duplicated. The authenticity and uniqueness of a performance, is a once-off experience that simple says – “you have to be there”, in order to get it and feel it.

The argument that prevails in the modern paradigm is that most musicians will have to make their money on the road, in the form of concert tours and not album sales. Performing artists have to gauge the crowd and remain cognisant of the importance of sets going to plan, as it’s down to one chance with no extra takes.  For bands such as The Diminished, rehearsals are absolutely vital in order to get the sequences just right. This monetisation model might not turn out to being such a bad thing for the Tembisa-based act, despite not having had the opportunity of recording a studio album as yet.

We were able to catch up with the busy band for a discussion. Among other things the group broke down the tag of being an “exclusively live band” and the challenges they face.

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Watch “The Amazingly Ordinary Story” and “I Am Congo” on AfroLand TV

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From Friday the 20th of November, AfroLandTV Network has two featured productions up on its featured programmes.

If you want to know about more about AfroLandTV Network, you can read the interview with AfroLandTV Network’s founder, Michael Maponga.

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The Amazingly Ordinary Story

Synopsis:
The Amazingly Ordinary Story when Darren’s Beesleys playing cards, his only entertainment at school, are confiscated, he turns to the one person that can help – his bully.

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I am Congo

Synopsis: I am Congo, maybe someone has already brought you back some stories, some sounds, some travel diaries. But what if there were more?

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THREE STEPS WITHIN biography: Concord Nkabinde

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In continuation of the THREE STEPS WITHIN (TSW) mini -series, the second installment of the trilogy (taken from the TSW press release) profiles our good friend Concord NkabindeConcord who is no stranger to the Lavatory Records platform, was interviewed by us during the month of July of 2015.

He alongside Mr McCoy Mrubata and Ms Lindiwe Maxolo form the group THREE STEPS WITHIN, who will all be in concert next Friday the 27th of November, at the State Theatre in Pretoria. The show starts at 8PM – 11PM, check the event article for more details.

Don’t forget to order your copy of the Concord: Live In Joburg, South Africa (DVD) , to catch a glimpse of the exceptional standard of performance that you can expect from the TSW concert next week.

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Graham Hunter and Mr Cloak & Dagger release the “Buffalo Street” collaborative project

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Mr “Look mom no hands” Graham Hunter releases another project! This is some of his “left over” tracks, hashed into an album with songs tall executively-produced by Mr Cloak & Dagger called Buffalo Street .

A befitting name for someone who grew up in the era where Buffalo Shoes were a commonality, among the youth on the streets of Jo’burg! The project is available for free download and streaming.

“A collection of songs that me an Mr Cloak & Dagger have been working on in the last year or so, decided to push it as a joint project rather than a solo, since it was ALL team work. Some next level, alternative and hardcore OG s***t here…” – Graham Hunter

Don’t forget to read the interview with Graham Hunter, we conducted during the month of June 2015. Also make sure you get the Kris Antonym Tape by Graham Hunter, which was released in May of 2015.

 

Tony Dangler presents : The Tone Static EP

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Tony Dangler from the Hip Hop group Revivolution released his projected entitled The Tone Static EP on Monday the 16th of November 2015. This is a collaboration project with Canadian Producer, Sam Static.

Tony had this to say about his latest project:

“Some Jazzy Instrumentals and Old New Raps to throw you back to that era of music you been missing for years. Canadian Producer Sam Static meets South African Rapper Tony Dangler for this collaboration. AWE!”

We at Lavatory Records are proud to announce that we will be interviewing Tony Dangler! He will be the third feature from the Revivolution crew after ImproPoe (July 2015) and Inferno (October 2015).

Do look out for the interview with Tony coming soon, till then download your free copy of The Tone Static EP

 

Being a music producer entails building your music economy

As often mentioned here on Lavatory Records, the music industry is in a state of a “breakdown” – in order to rebuild. We regularly get approached by young musicians who ask how they can build their careers and make a living from their passion. It is a rather difficult question as there’s no actual blue print laid out for everyone to follow

Being a musician or working within the performing arts is a profession that has its own sets of challenges. Compared to other ‘formal’ professions like being an accountant, music has no clearly defined path of advancement, where you would know for sure that in about 7 years you’d be worth and making a certain amount of income marking your set value. 

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Wavelen is “Homebound”

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On the 14th of November 2014, Philip Dakowitz from the drum & bass group Submatik , launched his latest single from Wavelen solo project. The single is called Homebound and is available for free download.

Don’t forget to check out our interview with Submatik, which is completed by Philip’s partner in crime; Oscar Oomens. The interview was conducted during the month of June, 2015.

Oscar also recently had released his single called Keep On Running featuring Jumae, which was off his solo Champion project. Make sure you do check that out.