Are hip hop sistaz respected in Mzansi?
It would be very hard for any hip hop head in Mzansi to name 5 hip hop sistaz. Basically there is no hip hop sista in our game that has grabbed the spotlight like Nicki Minaj , Foxy Brown, Da brat or Lil Kim to name a few. Hip Hop here at home is similar to the mines in Marikana, Male Dominated. Our game has grown in every toe of the African foot however hip hop ladies remain rare like water in the desert.
There is a male Rapper that represents every province, every language, every race, every culture however there is no female that has made a track as big as HHP’s Music n Lights, Khuli Chana’s Tswaa daar or even Pro’s Sekele. There are dope females rappers however they are not given the platform and the recognition they deserve. Seeing a South African sista rap in channel O is more shocking than seeing Jack Parrow flowing in Setswana.
The only program that promoted Mzansi’s Hip Hop sistaz was Counting Headz: South Afrika’s Sistaz in Hip Hop a documentary film that explores South African hip hop culture through the stories of women in hip hop. It was shot in 2006 and completed post-production in 2007.Primarily shot around Johannesburg with original performance footages shot at hip hop shows such as Black Sunday, Slaghuis and various locations in Soweto.
These are the Sistaz who feature in counting headz :Chi (mc),Sistamatic (dj),Smirk (graffiti artist),Cuba (mc),Lee Kasumba (radio dj, activist),D-Unik (dj),Tia Anam (mc),Kato (dj),Crystal Orderson (journalist, gender activist),Supa (mc) Godessa (mcs), (mc),Nthabi (mc),Cuba (mc),Sisanda (mc),Nicky (beatboxer),Faith47 (graffiti artist).
That was the only high profile initiative to promote Sistaz in te game. Should a show be created on TV where it only features Sistaz in the game? Should a talent search show like IDOLS be initiated to search a dope female lyrists? What is it that can be done to promote our Sistaz in the game? Should there perhaps be a category in the SAMA awards of “BEST FEMALE in HIP HOP?”