GABORONE, BOTSWANA; Local Hip-Hop artist, Motswasejane Phongula Dinonyane better known by the stage name 267Shay has released yet another single titled ‘Lobola’. Testament to credence that, “music is a piece of art that goes in the ears and straight to the heart,” 267Shay’s love song fuses soul and hip-hop, unpacking traditional marriage protocols through a story of a young Motswana’s journey.
Speaking about the often-debated topic amongst young people, 267Shay said, “Tradition is an area we as the youth need to take ownership of and hold onto, as this is who we are as people. How are we to map a way into the future if we don’t recognize and respect where we coming from?”
Earlier this year, the local rap artist released a song dubbed Bala-Bala, which due to its pristine lyrics and tempo dominated the local airwaves. The song was meant to change the perception of people who bad-mouthed the art of hip-hop. However, his latest offering, “Lobola”, carries a different sound from what he was previously known for.
“This song is of a different flavour to what people are used to, if people take anything from my music it should be to live, laugh and LOVE hard,” said the hard-rapping wordsmith. It boasts the artist’s trademark delivery, wit and wordplay displayed in singles such as ‘Victory lap’, ‘Saturday’ and the recently release ‘Bala Bala,’ but “carries melodies with an afro-pop fusion,” 267Shay explained.
He added that he’s dedicated to collaborating with other local artists from different genres. The artist collaborated with producer and friend Thuto ‘Lazy-iii’ Gaseitsiwe under In-House productions, local acappella group “The Black Bowties” and singer, song writer and performer ‘Snubby Nub’ to produce Lobola. The song was recorded, mixed and mastered at Media Republic by Thabo “T-dot” Makhaya. The song will be available on all online digital stores; Apple Music Store, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon and YouTube, as well as local media broadcasters.