Dee Koala offers a snapshot of her personality in her recently-released debut album four the Khaltsha. Within the undertaking’s 14 songs, the younger rapper takes her listener to the streets of Cape The city’s greatest township Khayelitsha (sometimes called Kaltsha), the place she hails from.
Dee Koala stocks anecdotes of her lifestyles—she raps about her love for beer on “Sel’iwash Yodwa,” intercourse on “Nkqo Nkqo” (which fittingly options Moonchild Sanelly) and gender-based violence on album standout “Goni Gyel.”
Her vigorous supply, catchy hooks and catchphrases make four The Khaltsha an enticing concentrate that by no means sends the listener to sleep. A track like “Ungenaphi” will most probably play for your head the following time any person sticks their nostril in your corporation.
The rapper’s personality carries the entire songs at the undertaking, and peaks at the track “Msoon’wakho” through which she makes use of a typical however nonetheless corrosive expletive to remind you that she’s higher than you. The hook is every other one that can persist with your head and you’ll be able to playback when you find yourself feeling overly assured.
Dee Koala’s supply is conversational and would possibly not alienate listeners who won’t absolutely perceive IsiXhosa. For example, on “Goni Gyel,” she addresses a major factor however manages to deal with the normal catchiness her track is understood for. Within the track, she advises ladies to arm themselves with knives to stab doable rapists.
Simplicity is Dee Koala’s most powerful trait as a rapper. Rapping in a mix of IsiXhosa and ringas (slang), she makes certain her track maintains the essence of the streets of Cape The city. Original and efficient tales are generally instructed within the lexicon in their characters and narrators, and four the Khaltsha is a smart instance.
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In between in the past launched singles, which make up nearly part of the album, Dee Koala stocks sides of her lifestyles thru descriptive vignettes which are nested between bouts of feistiness and vigor portraying a robust character and a skilled rapper.
She clams down against the tip of the undertaking on songs like “Ndanele” and “Thando” which each show centered writing and a facet of Dee Koala she by no means confirmed in her a couple of singles which were not carried by way of material however temper.
On “Thando,” she tells the tale of a erroneous younger girl whose daddy problems result in promiscuous habits, ultimately resulting in unwanted penalties. The track carries at the custom of social awareness that the brand new era of Cape The city rappers nonetheless weave into their method, although their track does not shy clear of shameless self-indulgence.
Dee Koala is at the vanguard of Cape The city hip-hop’s present crop of rappers. Her taste comes from a lineage of Cape The city rappers from spaza veterans corresponding to Driemanskap, Kanyi Mavi, Ndlulamthi and more recent rappers like Amilca and BoolZ, amongst many others, a few of which seem at the album corresponding to SimulatinRxps and Aizol.
Dee Koala is among the only a few Cape The city hip-hop artists who’ve nationwide audiences. She’s gotten cosigns from the likes of Riky Rick and Yanga Leader, the latter featured her in his newest EP, Changing into a Pop Big name, at the remix to his unmarried “Utatakho.” Dee Koala plays often in Joburg and all the time comes up in nationwide hip-hop conversations, which is a rarity for Cape The city hip-hop artists.
So, it was once handiest proper that she launched a complete frame of labor to exhibit what she will do and inform her tale in complete. four the Khatsha serves the aim of depicting its maker’s personality and skills.
Identical to its paintings, the album is a collage of various eventualities and tales that every come up with a glimpse of Dee Koala’s lifestyles and headspace. Identical to maximum folks, she’s formed by way of her setting, therefore the undertaking isn’t just the tale of 1 individual, however the position she comes from too. And is the reason the identify.
Pay attention to four The Khaltsha under and revisit our interview with Dee Koala right here.