Madala

Khoi
KWABULAWAYO KRAAL

1. 1994 — we started the group under the name, OAU translated as omnipotent army underground…we were four by then and grew to seven in the course of time.

2. 1995 — we ventured out on a mission of conscientising the people about hip-hop. We performed in beauty contests much to the indignation of the organisers. Hip-hop was then despised and we had to beg in order to perform.

3. 1996 — the crusade of organising shows in basketball courts materialised. We decided that the best way to get respect in what we were doing,was to do things for ourselves.

4. 1997 — the first hip-hop club was opened and packed to capacity every Saturday and Sunday. People like Mizchif, DJ Oscar and many other rappers were invited to witness the new found gathering for hip-hoppers.

5. 1998 — late in December, things fell apart for us when the management of the club decided to kick us out for no good reason. We fancied, jealousy to be the reason behind our sacking. The club owner took over, but this was shortlived because the fans were all rallying behind us.

6. 1999 — we opened another club and established a new crowd plus the crowd we already had. A big 6-pm to 6-am show was organised. The performers were Mizchief, Specs,DJ Absolute and many other rappers around Gauteng were invited. The show was powerful, successful and became a catalyst in hip-hop, especially here in the township. More shows followed.

7. 2000 — we discarded the name OAU and used Kwabulawayo Kraal for identification. We set out to open another club in Kempton Park but were met with failure as a result of rap politics that was doing the rounds in hip-hop. We then resolved to turning our energies to a different cause. This is how the idea of cutting an album and starting the Rap List came about. Presently we are busy trying to find sponsors for our two projects. The Rap List was formed with the idea of creating a platform for hip-hop, where everyone involved in the betterment of the culture can have a say.


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