Maftown Heights hits Jo'burg

Xhosa rapper iFani. (Supplied)

Xhosa rapper iFani. (Supplied)

Motswako rappers Khuli Chana, Morafe, Tuks, Cassper Nyovest and their friends are gathering at Newtown Park in Johannesburg on Friday November 29 for the annual Maftown Heights

Maftown Heights, the fourth this year, is a celebration of the Motswako genre. Motswako is the mixture of Setswana, English and other vernacular languages in rap lyrics.

This year the genre has a great deal to celebrate as Motswako rapper Khuli Chana was the first rapper to win the album of the year award at the South African Music Awards for Lost In Time. And Cassper Nyovest won three South African Hip-Hop Awards for his hit song Gusheshe. 

Performers include HHP, Morafe, Hash 1, Flex Boogie, Notshi, JR, Ice Prince, AKA, Reason, iFani, Pro, L-Tido and others with special guests Mafikizolo.

One of 2013's emerging performers, Xhosa rap extraordinaire, iFani, has been described as a breath of fresh air to the South African hip-hop industry.

With a unique look and lyrical ability, iFani has not gone unnoticed since the release of his first single Ewe.

iFani has a honours degree in computer science and a degree in computer engineering. After working in the corporate world as of 2005 until 2009 he became an underground rapper who went from battles to releasing mixtapes and performing around the country.

Last week, the Milli rapper was nominated for album of the year, best video, best male rapper and song of the year for Milli at the SA Hip-Hop Awards. 

This year will be iFani's first time performing at Maftown Heights. "I'm looking forward to the atmosphere, the crowd, the music, the vibe and of cause my own performance set."

"My performance set is designed to entertain. If entertainment is what you need, then you must experience my set at least twice in your lifetime. Expect a guy who gives his best to what he enjoys the most," said iFani.

Tickets for Maftown Heights are R180 for general admission and R280 for golden circle.

Rhodé Marshall

Rhodé Marshall

Rhodé Marshall is the Mail & Guardian's arts, culture and entertainment content producer. She started as a radio reporter and producer in Cape Town, before jumping into online news. When there is chaos, she is the responsible, cool and calm one. With one hand glued to her phone and the other to a can of Coca-Cola, she is a pop culture junkie. And don't you dare write her name without the accent on the e, she will make sure that you know how to do it on every device. Visit her blog: Read more from Rhodé Marshall


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