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Shekinah Encypherment for conscious hip hop

Mon, 22 July 2013 02:48
by Linekela Halwoodi

ahip-hop concert is set for Windhoek on 27 July at Warehouse Theatre.
The concert organisers, Shekinah Encypherment, is made up of students, underground musicians, poets and dancers who want to expose a new version of hip hop which is not about bouncing booty and imaginary wealth but powerful conscious entertainment.  
These are individual artists who come together four years ago during a group session at the Parliament Gardens.
They were just young people who came together to discuss social issues but have upgraded to promote conscious hip-hop.
Their mix tape, Drafted to Babylon – will be launched next weekend at the Warehouse Theatre.
Drafted to Babylon is about a place that looks good on the outside just like the city of Windhoek but has a lot of negative things happening.
It is something most people leave life behind for but thing can just be as because everyone has an agenda.
Juice, Harry, DV8 and AK77 are amongst the artists that will be performing at the concert.
“It will not be the usual hip-hop even if we perform a song about sex it will be from a Biblical point. We challenge world view and when someone walks away they have a better understanding or a challenging question,” Harry Msimuko, co-founder and musician said.
They want to create a picture of what hip-hop should sound like while encouraging Namibian artists to be more creative than throwing a few swear words around a beat.
“Entertainers have an influence. People believe in what they hear from music. We want to use music for a positive change. We have a calling and responsibility. That’s Drafted to Babylon,” explained Harry.
Shekinah Encypherment might not have super powers but they believe in the influence musicians have on the youth.
“We try and use each other’s artistic abilities to do stuff. We have discussed dating, violence, the problems and solutions religion bring as well as the influence of artist,” Harry said.