Ngoan'a Nts'oana [a teaser]

by Core Wreckah

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'Ngoan'a Nts'oana' is a term of endearment which was used by Core Wreckah's grandfather during his lifetime. A crude translation yields 'Child of Nts'oana', with Nts'oana being the name of a being whom Core himself never did figure out the origin nor purpose of.

He has, however, adopted the term, and is using it to engage global hip-hop connoisseurs and part-time participants alike in wide-ranging soci-political issues through music, while also preserving the strong virtues espoused by his grandfather, whom he describes as 'possibly one of the most free-thinking, free-spirited, and understanding beings I shall ever come across'.

This is not Sesotho funk. This is not mountain pop. This is hardcore hip-hop delivered with a gutteral growl akin to the style which has been perfected by the long-standing tradition of Basotho freestyle rappers (liroki), and replete with call-and-response chants which have become a staple of Basotho music.

Core Wreckah may well be on the path towards merging his rich Sesotho heritage with his beloved artform, hip-hop. This particular song addresses the all-too-common issue of how institutions which purport to support 'the arts' seem to change their minds - as well as tighten their pockets - when approached by artists from all sectors of society to assist in projects which shall benefit the community.

He then makes a rallying call for these artists to rally on, for life is a far greater pursuit, one which cannot end as a result of minor glitches along the way.

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released 27 September 2010
Written by T. Monaheng
Produced by K. Monoko

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