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ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ‘Ugie Mob’ making waves with their music

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ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ‘Ugie Mob’ making waves with their music

The group, Ugie Mob is the opposite of what rappers are considered and promoted to be, these
are young men who work on road constructions and other manual labor, and their image and
lyrical content reflects it to a tee.

Listening to the radio, glamour and the appeal of it are somewhat the order of the day in regards
to the lyrics our favorite rappers spew – however, this group has no modicum of the
braggadocios swagger the common rapper feeds the audience. Ugie Mob rap about the hardships of living in places far from the city lights and the stagnant dreams that are found in their home village and region. They brazenly rap about life as they know it and their ambitions of making it so they can assist those coming up after them in the deep rurals nationwide.

 

 

It’s a different topic for the rap audience in general. The five go by stage names as: Preacher, Decomposer, Maqhalo, 2 Gig and Svgee. But when the music stops, Siviwe Mdlokovana, Sinethemba Mgaqanga, Abongile Mjuleni, Lucky Mjobo and Sivuyile Makwelo are genuinely talented men who regard their natural storytelling abilities as their golden ticket to a better life. As well as a means for them to escape the pattern most young people from Ugie follow, which is working manual jobs and depending on the local Timber plantations and factories.

They take pride in their rural upbringing, lifestyle and knowledge- they have even coined the
phrase ‘LaliStyleRap’, which is also the name of their EP – with the word ‘lali’ being colloquial for ‘rural’.

“Only people from here can cause a change in this place. We have a problem with people who
go to the big cities, make something of themselves and not come back to make a positive
difference in this place even though it’s obvious that it is needed. It is very important to use our talents to help those who are coming up after us.” says Preacher.

They conceded that education was not their way out of their habitation as none of them had the
opportunity to study towards what they may have wanted to be growing up – they agreed that
their the skills have to be it.

The group won a talent show a few years ago that eventually led the to work with seasoned
music producer, Sticky Menwana- who has either worked with or is working with acts such as
AKA, Donald, Cassper Nyovest, HHP, JR, Ricky Rick, Salif Keita, Kabelo to name a few.

Stream their music here.


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