ON THE RADAR: MUSIC

by | Mar 23, 2020 | Entertainment, Music, New Talent, Uncategorized

Africa is not holding anything back, creatively speaking. Actors, musicians, artists, performers, dancers, designers, chefs, heck, just about anyone walking past you on Mzansi’s streets, are positively bursting with a talent of sorts. No longer content to wait for the rest of the globe to show us the way, Africa is defining cultural movements. Drawing from a heritage bank rich in diversity, street smarts and urban relevance, is rapper Costa Titch, who had the gumption to take on a much-loved song like Mandoza’s “Nkalakatha” and make it his own.

 Emerging with a viral hit, “Nkalakatha”, eloquently spitting verse in the local vernacular and having hip-hop royalty Riky Rick and AKA jump all over the remix, Costa Titch is the complete package. A strong visual aesthetic (including green dreads), true and authentic talent, imaginative with a sense humour and, more importantly, an original Afro-centric take on the trap genre, presents the most unlikely crossover jams, from mosh pits to underground urban/suburban parties.

Nelspruit-born dancer-turned-rapper Titch has been nothing if not diligent and determined. Following a transition from accomplished choreographer to making music, he has dropped numerous EP’s including trap projects For Real Trappers Only, OMWTFB, Wonderland EP, Fallen Kings and Discharge. Gqom Land, a three track EP considers his adept execution of gqom beats in a surprisingly fresh manner. He has a deft handling of language and storytelling and is freakishly charming with a growing popularity.

Costa’s live performances certainly draw from his background as a dancer, working the crowd with an undeniable stage presence and implicit sense of timing. With an experimental approach to production and imaginative collaborations (casting the country’s hottest young rappers: PatricKxxLee, Gator and Papa Stash the Champagne69 duo, DJBril Cisse, Vegasxcesar, Boskasie and others), Titch guarantees a no-holds barred, spirited energy on his tracks. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his journey.

C.S.A.’s monthly cultural portal, The WIRE connects the dots of culture. With concise stories, many with video content, take a premium dive into the world of African entertainment & cultural fluidity. It’s one thing to be hip to what’s happening but it is another to know why.

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