The musical journey from Sweden to beyond- backed by the power of 18 Horses

Lavatory Records

 

When one thinks of Swedish music, it’s usually the Pop giants and historically successful acts such ABBA, Roxette etc that come to mind. Sweden as a region has been one of the dark horses – a more befitting description of the “underdog status” in this context – when it comes to Hip Hop. Despite the fact that there is an active Hip Hop scene, the Swedish market offers a relatively low amount of exposure to Hip Hop acts such as our interview subjects, 18 Horses.

Hailing from a town called Norrkoping, which is also home to the football side IFK Norrkoping, 18 Horses have been doing their thing and embarked on the long journey to make it in the Hip Hop game. Horses are often associated with traction and mobility measured in units of power, considering that Sweden also manufactures the luxury automobile line called Volvo. With all this considered, we spoke to the lead vocalist of the 18 Horses band, Sebastian Lennskog; as a jockey of this horse, he rides on the backs of another singer and a producer to complete the 18 Horses trio.

Sebastian shared with us how the 18 Horses stable (pun intended) came about and touched on their music – in light of their recent EP releases Kapitel 1 – Samhallet and Kapitel 2 – Relationer. We also discussed a number of things and got the low down straight out of the (18) horse’s mouth ;)!

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Just_Hlo: Jamming with the world through music

Lavatory Records

“We are the world, we are the children…” – These are the lyrics to the 1985 song recorded by an ensemble of artists, USA for Africa. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and produced by Quincy Jones, this song initialised a signicant change in the musical environment. Sovereignty and nationality as far as what happens elsewhere started to matter less, especially when it came to global issues and the creation of music. Hence today there’s even the blurring distinctions of different genres within music.

Hloni Mohlala, who categorically considers herself a world musician, comes from a musical family background and is a former member of the group RARE. She recently took part in the Kaya FM Soultember Unplugged nights where she performed an amazing track titled Freedom – alongside fellow muso Relo (of Skwatta Kamp fame) and rapper Zubz. Lavatory Records reached out to the budding songstress to find out more about her as a person, her career accomplishments and notably the significance of the song Freedom and much more.

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