We have seen that the Hip Hop scene in South Africa continues to rise unhindered, with talents such as AKA, Khuli Chana, Cassper Nyovest and the likes, continue to serve us with good music. The African market has definetly been receptive to the music that our locals have been producing. We have found another up and coming hip hop star who we feel will be making great waves in the industry very soon…
Stringz Ballernaire on stage, real name Robert Aobakwe Mabe, was born in Mafikeng in the North West Province, South Africa, but raised in the streets of Soweto.
Young, vibrant and passionate musician, Sound Engineer by profession, Stringz Ballernaire, has released a couple of singles. ‘Shukumisa’, his first single, spurred his career on where he recorded songs with acts like Nemza from Skwatta Kamp during the time when Skwatta Kamp were one of the leading forces of South African hip hop. Stringz formed a record label by the name of Grindzone Entertainment where he released other hits like ‘Get Down’, the music video to the song got to be playlisted on a number of music channels. This opened doors for Stringz to be featured on a number of magazines, radio and television shows.
Unfortunately, Stringz and other members of Grindzone had to go their separate ways. This however, did not stop his passion in creating music, instead, fuelled his appetite. Stringz got into studio with acts like the renowned L-Tido and AB-Crazy, he continued working on his music creating hits like ‘Mzansi Girls’.
Ballernaire Entertainment which is self titled, due to him being an unstoppable force, was then born. Inspired by the work Ginger Breadman had done with acts like Reason, Tumi Molekane, Kid X and Ricky Rick; Stringz saw it as a great opportunity to get into studio with the rapper, and together, they recorded a track titled “Top7” which today, is making the waves.
“Top 7” was inspired by the childhood games that were played in the dusty streets of Soweto while growing up.
Speaking to Nunnovation, Stringz tells us of his undying love for music, and his plans on being an iconic South African musician as his career grows from strength to strength.
“My love for music was cultivated whilst in high school, being inspired by artists like Dead Prez, Mos Def, Jay-Z, Eminem and their peers”, says Stringz with a giggle.
He recalls how he would play around with his friends, writing lyrics to Jay Z’s Blueprint album, and attempting his own “remixes”. It was at this time that he realised that he was naturally a skilled rapper. He still had not undertaken music as a career, until he decided to study Sound Engineering at Damelin Allenby after high school.
In his first year, whilst learning the intricacies of music as well as observing the local music scene, he decided to produce a song and throw himself in front of the mic. He was seeking to add a different and fresh sound to the industry, this was when” Shukumisa” came about. The song was given to the late DJ Monde on YFM and a couple of days later it was playlisted on the radio station.
When asked to take us through a day in his life as a musician, Stringz says, “as an artist, a day can be from producing a beat, to writing a song and recording in studio. If I have a gig then my day can include rehearsing for a particular gig”.
Having a publicist, with his latest single and Music video being out, his days have also been filled with Radio and TV interviews to promote the music that he has been working on and growing himself as a brand.
During his journey, Stringz has performed at big events and has shared stages with prominent names; the likes of Zakes Bantwini, Sifiso Ncwane, Lvovo, Toya Delazy, Fistaz Mixwell, Professor and Dj China.
The world is yet to experience the talent that this young man has to offer.
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