South African Rapper Joint Pusher, Pushes his African heritage

It was after playing an American producer some of his beats, that Joint Pusher realised it was time he had a paradigm shift of some sort.

Rapper Joint Pusher Picture: Facebook/Social-CommentaryForum The-Forum

Rapper Joint Pusher Picture: Facebook/Social-CommentaryForum The-Forum

“He asked where my music was, just after I’d played him my stuff,” says Joint Pusher as he describes the American’s disappointment at him for producing music that isn’t African, but sounds like what he’d find back home in the US .

The music was no means bad, it just didn’t sound African.

“That experience really changed my state of mind,” says Joint Pusher. He’s no novice in the local Hip Hop game, he has more years in the game longer than AKA and Casper Nyovest put together. Originally from Pretoria’s Soshanguve, the 30 year old has been based in Johannesburg for more than ten years now.

He’s a member of the Social Commentary Forum, an eight member clique based in Johannesburg. As their name suggests, they are famous for their social commentary filled lyrics.

“The group is independent but we have a publishing deal with Gallo. We thought we should take a bit of a break to work on our solo albums,” he says. That is when African Heritage came alive.

Because of his “African renaissance” he knew the trajectory he had to take with his upcoming album titled African Heritage. “I feel I first have to pay homage to people here at home first,” he says.

He thinks the South African and whole African continent, always has to play catch-up to what’s happening in the Western world, particularly America.

This is evident as he plays one of the songs in the album, titled Stimela. In the song he features Jovi of BCUC.

The emcee is also organizing a show at the SABC’s studios in September. In the show, he’ll be on stage, a beat in the background and wait on the audience to drop words he’ll freestyle to. This will be the first live freestyle show in Africa.

Joint still stands as the only artist in Africa to have recorded a whole album without jotting lyrics, but free styling it. Although he does admit to have made mental note for the album this came out in 2012.

As the continent celebrates its day on Sunday, Joint Pusher emphasises the importance of embracing ourselves as Africans. Not just through music we make, but in what makes us stand out in the world, and that’s our sense of community. Our Ubuntu.

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Source: Bonginkosi Tiwane|

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