Saturday, May 28, 2022

Blaqveld: from high school hip hop to class act

Blaqveld is a hip-hop group made up of Tumelo ‘Tux’ Johwa and Daniel ‘Brikklaya’ Manqadi. Tracing its origins to high school, the group’s members started collaborating together in a group that was called Undeuxtrois and even won the early hip hop shows of Yarona FM sponsored by Sprite.

Plans to make an album together were frozen in 2004 when the duo left the country to expand their horizons in the UK and Cape Town, with Tux venturing into Film and Brikklaya continuing with his music and touring with the likes of King Rollo. They re-united in 2008 and immediately embarked on the formulation of BLAQVELD under the mentorship of Gofaone “Goof” Mapitse.

Their music is a unique style of hip hop, fused with a blend of other genres topped off by their brilliant delivery and use of lyrics. “It’s like a soundtrack to an interesting life of major up’s and downs”.

Last year, the group went on a countrywide tour with V.S and Joel Keitumetse, performing on PSI’s Oicheke Campaign.

The Blaqveld phenomenon was first felt with the release of their first single titled ‘Ke Bale Da’ featuring Jazz musician Gugulethu and Scenario which shot up the charts and featured on the soundtrack of PSI’s drama Series Morwalela. Tux also made a cameo appearance in the show.

The single is taken off their debut album aptly titled DON’T BL!NK. A remix has been forged featuring the award-winning Zeus. The video to ‘Ke Bale Da’ boasts cameos from the likes of Juju Boy, K-Bos, Bazuka, 3rd Mind, Rox and Mosako.

Their album has dance hits, social commentary and heartwarming nostalgia as they tell their story. More collaborations have been underway sparking a refreshing twist in the music industry.

They feature in Apollo Diablo’s new single, titled Seduction, which is currently also heating up the airwaves. A new video also emerges in the IM STILL HERE MIXTAPE by Joe Mlava & D_O_G featuring hit single GAZ’LAM.

The album will be ready by Mid November 2010 and features established as well as accomplished producers: Slim Cash, Stainless Steel, Ephraim Khan (EJ), Rex, Mlava and the legendary Prez Beats and Goof.

BLAQVELD is most definitely Botswana’s next best export; a national tour upon album release is being finalized. DON’T BL!NK is just the beginning as Blaqveld has started plans of Merchandising to promote the brand and engage in charitable causes. Teen mentorship with Stepping Stone at last year’s camp put the boys in a position to empower youngsters in dealing with social ills and motivational conversations along with other musicians. Performances earlier this year where seen at the Bull and Bush alongside South African chart toppers Teargas and Pro-kid.

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