Pretoria Rapper Rollie Mallorca about to get “his time” at TnT Corporation!

 

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On the song Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems the late Notorious BIG emphasises the victory of having the luxury to afford a rolex as he raps “Throw your rollies in the air, wave em side-to-side keep your hands high…” This is seen as a status upgrade for someone who’s made it from the bottom to the top. Rollie Mallorca, is one dude who is making sure that that while he represents the hood, he will stunt on em because he means what he says and says what he means! He’s a straight shooter who timeously gets to the point like a swiss watch!  

Strange enough RCD Mallorca which is a segundo division football team in Spain, is a perfect description of his current plight. The pursuit of getting into La Liga (Spanish premier division) is a viable target as it is for Rollie to ball in the big league, all thanks to hooking up with Tre and TnT Corporation. We had a chat with Rollie regarding his background, his future plans and of course his new affiliation with TnT Corporation!

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Zambian producer Spinzol spins all beats at the new look TnT Corporation

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When TnT Productions decided to embark on converging a corporation strategy, it came with a full mantle of “takeover”! With the name now Tnt Corporation the focus is on an Africa growth strategy by maintaining what got them in this position in the first place – music production! As part of venturing into the continent, TnT Corporation has teamed up with up-and-comping Zambian producer Spinzo

The schoolboy discovered his penchant for music production quite early, by always persevering and looking to improve. Music after all involves lifelong learning and is always about monitoring one’s progress, to create art of the highest standard (or grade for that matter). We asked Spinzol about his musical come up, development of the Zambian music industry, his partnership with Tre and TnT Corporation among other things.

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Clarifying the economic lines between music and politics.

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When it comes to discussing socio-political issues, artists in general are usually the most expressive compared to most other professions. This includes musical artists, novelists and fiction writers, painters and sculptors etc. In the last music economy article we spoke about how economic recessions affect the music industry. The article described how politicians utilise the services of musicians when campaigning for elections. As frame of reference and to quote from that article, “In the USA – we have seen artists like Pusha T and Jay Z openly endorsing Hillary Clinton during the presidential elections of 2016. During the time when these prominent artists had tours, they would endorse Mrs Clinton on their social platforms, make special mentions of their favoured candidate during their stage performances and even disparaging the rival candidate. In the context of South Africa, the ruling ANC (African National Congress) party would hold national rallies at stadiums around the country and have a procured list of artists to perform there!”

The paragraph cited above has proven to be a point of contestation and caused some mixed opinions from some of our readers. Some felt that musicians endorsing a politician is one thing, however when an artist performs at an event (such as a presidential inauguration) that is another matter altogether as it’s “just another opportunity”. Much as an opportunity to perform should always be explored, this is where an artist must also be aware and weigh up if this form of exposure is worth any form of reputational damage. It is important to note that there is a difference between performing at political and state functions. For example, performing at a political (pep) rally is different to performing at a presidential inauguration. It is very important to differentiate between the two separate structures in order to evaluate the offers that come the artist’s way.

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