The Boom-bappin’ Swede: Martin Funkhouser is in the building!

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One would never think that the predominantly black urban movement that is Hip Hop, would entrench its influence in a place like Scandinavia. This is not meant in any condescending way, but Scandinavia isn’t quite known to have a huge black population. Well, thanks to the MTV revolution, because of its expansion throughout the Hip Hop culture was able to spread to the most unlikely parts of  the world – Whether or not that MTV’s success was on the back end of Hip Hop’s momentum or vice versa, is another debate altogether.

To zone in more closely into that part of the world, Sweden is home to mega pop acts like ABBA and Roxette. This is also where Martin Funkhouser hails from and he bears evidence that Hip Hop is in a healthy state of existence out there. The SpotRunnaz were once a prominent fixture in his part of the world, they embodied that boom bap style and the “catch me if you can” tag team style of rapping. Another Hip Hop crew called Looptroop Rockers are also highly lauded lyricists in many Hip Hop circles, whereas they had a more alternative style of music. The Looptroop Rockers also happen to be from the very same town as Martin Funkhouser of Vasteras.

Martin Funkhouser is a Hip Hop producer, with more of the old school style influenced by the golden ages of Hip Hop and Boom-Bap. He just recently released his EP called the Martin Funkhouser EP. We spoke to him about his origins and formative years, his debut EP and his overall perspective of the music game. Martin gave his thoughts on a number of things.

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Catch the homie Yinks at BBB event in Boksburg

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The homie Yinks from Boss Brain Entertainment who is fresh from releasing his last single called Boss Chicka off his forthcoming debut album, will be in concert with Morris Blacks, Mdkays, Slow Pro Crush Marshal, Ovadoza, Tacqricmass and Dimo Amakota at BBB (Big Boobs & Booze) event. On the decks you can catch Terible Xtwinz, DJ Chronic and Motiv DJ, on the DJ line up.

The event will take place at 5 Saron Road, Freeway Park, Boksburg (East Rand) on Saturday 12th of March 2016 from 4PM. If you in Gauteng and can make it there, make sure you pull through and enjoy.

 

SLAP Battles Invades Tampa Bay at Flavor Fest

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SLAP Battles went to Tampa, Florida in October (8 – 10) at Flava Fest and put on 3 battles at the event. Which Zach Is Nobody up in action at the event.

To know more about the SLAP Battles participants and the movement, please ensure to read our interview with 3PFD that was conducted in November of 2015.  Also read our interview with Zach Is Nobody who was interviewed in April of 2015.

According to the press release by SLAP Battles: Back in October 2015, the SLAP Battles team took their show on the road, as they traveled to Tampa, FL for Flavor Fest 2015.  They were there to participate in the urban ministry conference as artists, students, and volunteers; however, they had to get in a couple battles during the lunch breaks.  One of these battles is Patience vs. Instant Gratification, dubbed “The Battle for Your Time and Heart”, which pitted Zach Is Nobody vs. Ike Hill.

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Sarah Hills is alive through the sounds and vision of music

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Sarah Hills comes from a rather ubiquitous background in the artistic sense. As an acoustic/bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, she’s not only musically gifted but has also cultivated her craft in visual disciplines such as painting and fine arts.

Sarah Hills was born in England but has spent most of her life in South Africa, and is rather well-traveled. Her skill-set of talents saw her being part of a band called Sunways, which she toured the UK with. She then delved into the film industry and worked behind the scenes there. Now back in South Africa, since the dissolution of the band, she has since recorded a collaborative project titled Ambient Anarchy and a solo album titled Child Of Ancestors.

Lavatory Records had the pleasure of talking to amazing talent and touched on a variety of subjects, from her artistic beginnings, her experience with Sunways, the classification of her style of music, her film production experience and much more.

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Catch “Dear Sister”, “The Joys of Dancing” & “The Shadow Boxer” on AfroLandTV

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New programmes to be enjoyed on AfroLandTV Network are  Dear Sister, The Joys of Dancing and The Shadow Boxer. All programmes are available for free streaming.

If you want to know about more about AfroLandTV Network, you can read the interview with AfroLandTV Network’s founder,  Michael Maponga conducted in November of last year.

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Champion Remix of “Golden” by Thomas Hayes Featuring Kyler England

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Oscar Oomens from the Drum and Bass Group Submatik recently made a remix of a song called Golden by Thomas Hayes and Kyler England.

“Ladies & Gentlemen, I’m glad I can finally reveal my remix of Thomas Hayes & Kyler Englands ‘Golden’. I love making music but for some reason making this was a lot more fun than usual. I hope you enjoy this one, stay strong D&B crew!” – From the Champion Facebook Page on Friday the 19th of February.

Make sure you download the Golden (Champion Remix). You can also read the interview we had with Submatik from June in 2015.

Martin Funkhouser EP

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The Sweden based hip hop producer Martin Funkhouser has released his debut project entitled the Martin Funkhouser EP which is available on Spotify and iTunes. The project features Prop Dylan, Scarz, P!Jay X Soulbrotha, Nonfic, Jayreed, Joko MC and Bob Dylanger.

We were also lucky enough to catch Martin during the days before release for an interview. That is coming up in the next few weeks, be sure to catch that one.

Music Economics: Stay within and below your means!

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Continuing in the series of establishing a music economy, we want to stress to all readers that you must remain economical and grow incrementally by staying within and below your means. The universally agreed way of making money in the music industry, is through live shows. Live shows on their own are a great way to explain the applicability of economics. The concepts of understanding the equilibrium and developing good habits in this regard, will ensure you stay within your means.

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